Written by Women.???

M. Brody mbrody at earthling.net
Wed Feb 21 09:08:50 EST 2001

What is literate?
It would seem that in Biblical times:
writing-  is the exclusive province of professional scribes
reading- known by educated men
knowledge of the Torah-  universal, because of the obligation of weekly and 
Festival public readings
composition/authoring [of texts, letters or business documents]-  possible 
to anyone who could afford the services of a scribe.

Menachem Brody
Elon Moreh

At 08:44 21/02/2001 -0500, you wrote:
>The fact that there is no female scribe mentioned at
>Elephantine where the women were *very* liberated,
>strongly suggests that they were not literate.

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