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Women In Lab: Mother Knows Best

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During the past decades, a number of commentators have attempted to address the unusual portrayal of women in Liber Antiquitatum Biblicarum (LAB). One of the major difficulties with the discussion of women in Liber Antiquitatum Biblicarum is the use of the words "feminist" and "feminism". This chapter argues that the most accurate assessment of how Pseudo-Philo intended to portray women, which is indeed what all these scholars are arguing about, although none of them make such a bold claim, can only be determined by revisiting the cognitive blends involved in the construction of their characters. It begins first by refuting Jacobson's notion that because that the positive material in Liber Antiquitatum Biblicarum builds on biblical sources.

Keywords: Liber Antiquitatum Biblicarum (LAB); Pseudo-Philo



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