Written by Women.???

Dave Washburn dwashbur at nyx.net
Tue Feb 20 19:30:51 EST 2001

> Shalom Liz,
> > Freedman makes a case in his Who Wrote the Torah (a case
> > adopted without attribution by Bloom) for the J writer to be female.
> > My question is how literate were women? How likely is it for there
> > to have been women writers? It seems very unlikely to me.
> Well, it is in my view not impossible. But the data that are at hand just
> suggest that the world of writers was a men's world. Especially in the
> beginning [roughly dated 1100-900 BCE/BC/-, :-)   ) when the change came
> from cuneiform writing to the alphabetic script in Canaan. Only the
> alphabetic script created the opportunity that writing came in the realm of
> all kind of people, including women.

What exactly is this "data that are at hand"?  Why would 
cuneiform script imply that women couldn't write it?  I don't follow 

Dave Washburn
"No study of probabilities inside a given frame can ever
tell us how probable it is that the frame itself can be
violated."  C. S. Lewis

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