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Diana Edelman

Diana Edelman is a Reader in the Department of Biblical Studies at the University of Sheffield in the UK. Her research currently focuses on the early Second Temple period and the development of early forms of Judaism at that time. Past research has focused on 1 Samuel and state formation in the tenth century b.c.e. Her teaching includes modules on selected books of the Hebrew Bible, ancient Judahite culture and religion, the Bible and Archaeology, Biblical Hebrew, and issues in Biblical Studies.

Articles by this author

Women of Solomon: Bible

Solomon, third king of Israel, is said to have had a harem that included 700 wives and 300 concubines. Many of those women were not Israelites and refused to adopt Israelite traditions and religion, reinforcing a common Biblical motif about foreign women.

Rizpah: Bible

Rizpah is the concubine of Saul, the first king of Israel. She has two sons, one of whom briefly takes the throne. However, both of her children are killed by David and she helps ensure that their bodies get the correct burial.

Merab: Bible

Merab, one of the daughters of King Saul, is originally offered in marriage to David, whom Saul hopes to have killed. However, Saul’s plan fails, and Merab marries another man. The story of Saul’s attempt to arrange Merab’s marriage shows the social structures between fathers and daughters among the ancient Israelites.

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Jewish Women's Archive. "Diana Edelman." (Viewed on December 2, 2021) <https://jwa.org/encyclopedia/author/edelman-diana>.

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