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The Gender of God in Ancient Israel

Hosted By: Jewish Theological Seminary of America (JTS)

How did the biblical authors, and other Israelites, view the gender of God? Did they perceive God to be male? Did any of them perceive God as female? To answer this question, we examine both several biblical texts as well as archaeological evidence.

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