Rhonda Burnette-Bletsch

Rhonda Burnette-Bletsch is an Associate Professor of Religion and the Director of a Women’s Studies Program at Greensboro College. She received her Ph.D. in Hebrew Bible from Duke University. Her academic interests include biblical studies, women and religion, pedagogy and religion and film.

Articles by this author

Maacah: Bible

The regnal formula of Asa, king of Judah from 908 to 867 b.c.e., claims that his mother is Maacah the daughter of Abishalom (1 Kgs 15:10). This is problematic because the same woman is alleged to be the mother of Asa’s father, Abijah/Abijam (1 Kgs 15:2). An alternative tradition, calling Abijah’s mother Micaiah the daughter of Uriel of Gibeah, is most likely an attempted harmonization of this difficulty (2 Chr 13:2).

Hamutal: Bible

Hamutal was the daughter of Jeremiah of Libnah, the consort of Josiah, king of Judah from 639 to 609 b.c.e., and the mother of two Judean kings, Jehoahaz and Zedekiah. Since most Judean regnal formulas include the name of the king’s mother and several of these women appear to wield considerable influence in political and cultic matters, the queen mother may have served as an official functionary of the royal court. Alternatively, Ben-Barak suggests that the activities of the more prominent queen mothers do not represent official roles. Rather, their prominence may be the result of personal influence earned by individual women who successfully garnered the support necessary to advance a younger son ahead of an older sibling in the royal succession.

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Jewish Women's Archive. "Rhonda Burnette-Bletsch." (Viewed on September 23, 2019) <https://jwa.org/encyclopedia/author/burnette-bletsch-rhonda>.

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