Naomi Steinberg

Naomi Steinberg, Ph.D., associate professor of religious studies at DePaul University, Chicago, is the author of many studies on women and family life in ancient Israel, including Kinship and Marriage in Genesis: A Household Economics Perspective (1993).

Articles by this author

Keturah: Bible

The marriage of Abraham to Keturah represents a secondary union, one that separates the procreation of offspring from the inheritance of immovable property (land), which in this case goes only to Abraham’s primary heir, Isaac—not to Keturah’s six children.

Zilpah: Bible

Zilpah was given as a wedding gift to Leah by her father Laban on the occasion of Leah’s marriage to Jacob. Through the initiative of Leah, Zilpah became a secondary wife to Jacob and bore him two sons, Gad and Asher.

Adah 2: Bible

The Hebrew Bible character Adah appears in Genesis 36 and is the daughter of Elon the Hittite and the wife of Esau. Her character demonstrates the importance of women and marriage in understanding kinship groups in the Book of Genesis.


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