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Re: Ezra-Neh

>The judgement in
Egyptology is that many people were literate.<

 So what?  The mere fact that women were literate in a given society does
not force (or even lead to) the conclusion that women in that society must
necessarily have had a hand in the writing of religious texts!  That depends
on a whole bunch of other criteria involving, inter alia, the status of women
in the public cultural domain. Literacy is not enough, in a society run by
men, to ensure the participation of women  in the development of the literary/
religious/political or any other public aspects of the culture.

Judith Romney Wegner, Providence