A mother's influence: Mothers naming children in the Hebrew Bible

Edward J. Bridge*

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When parents are narrated in the Hebrew Bible as actively naming their children, mothers naming children occurs more frequently than fathers naming children. When this phenomenon is combined with those biblical texts that indicate women as having influence over the religious leanings or language spoken by their children, it suggests that the authors of the Hebrew Bible texts recognized that women had significant standing and influence in the ancient Israelite household.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)389-400
Number of pages12
JournalVetus Testamentum
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 28 Jul 2014


  • Hebrew Bible
  • Old Testament
  • ancient Israel
  • mother
  • role of women

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