The Bible: A History
Historian and broadcaster Bettany Hughes meets the feisty women figures of the Bible.
Episode 4: The Daughters Of Eve
It's fashionable to dismiss the Bible as a manifesto for misogyny. Undeniably, many of its pages are rank with sexism: the proud Queen, Jezebel, is fed to the dogs, the teenage girl, Salome, is used as sexual bait.
But Hughes argues that the Bible is a window on the Bronze Age, a time when women had more power. She introduces a dazzling cast of female characters: warriors, adulterous wives, mothers and 'good' women: all daughters of Eve who speak volumes about their world, and our own.
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"It was wonderful what scholarship brought to this series"
The Times Review
"The best of the series"
The Sunday Times
"In The Bible: A History, a fine historian presented a fair and balanced look at some of the bible’s most fascinating characters…Bettany Hughes’ practical approach melded the legends beautifully with the reality. She demonstrated clearly how a little learning of the Bible texts can be a dangerous thing."
Published Letter of the week – Radio Times
"Hughes challenges simplistic interpretations"