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Carol L. Meyers, Mary Grace Wilson Professor of Religion and Duke Middle East Studies Center and Professor Emerita of Religious Studies

Carol L. Meyers

CAROL MEYERS (at Duke since 1977) was educated at Wellesley and at Brandeis, where she received her Ph.D. (1975) in Near Eastern and Judaic Studies. She holds the Mary Grace Wilson Professorship in Religion and is an affilated faculty member of Duke's Women's Studies Program. A specialist in biblical studies and archaeology, she is a prominent scholar in the study of women in the biblical world. She has authored or co-authored eleven books and has edited or co-edited five others. In collaboration with Dr. Eric Meyers, she has written Haggai-Zechariah 1-8 and Zechariah 9-14 for Doubleday's Anchor Bible series. Also with E. Meyers, she has published three major archaeological reports and is working on several more. Her book Discovering Eve is a landmark study of women in ancient Israel; and her reference book, Women in Scripture, is the most comprehensive study ever made of women in Jewish and Christian scriptures. Active in several scholarly organizations, she is a trustee of the American Schools of Oriental Research and of the Albright Institute of Archaeological Reseach. She also serves on the board of directors of the Dead Sea Scrolls Foundaton and is president-elect of the Society of Biblical Literature.

Contact Info:
Office Location:  227 Gray Bldg, Durham, NC 27708
Office Phone:  (919) 660-3514
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Web Page:  http://middleeaststudies.duke.edu/~carol


Ph.D.Brandeis University1975
MABrandeis University1967
BAWellesley College1964

Hebrew Bible
Research Interests: Archaeology of the Biblical World; Social History of Ancient Israel; Gender In Ancient Near East


Archaeology • archaeology and religion • Archaeology and Religion • Bible • bible and anthropology • Bible and Anthropology • Gender • History • Religion

Current Ph.D. Students   (Former Students)

  • Stephen Wilson  
  • Wilda C. Gafney  
Representative Publications   (More Publications)

  1. Meyers, CL; Meyers, EM, Excavations at Ancient Nabratein: Synagogue and Environs, Meiron Excavation Project, vol. VI (2009), Eisenbrauns, for the American Schools of Oriental Research, Winona Lake, IN (with Eric Meyers.)
  2. Meyers, CL, Exodus, New Cambridge Bible Commentary Series. (2005), Cambridge University Press
  3. Households and Holiness: The Religious Culture of Israelite Women, Facets (2005), Fortress Press
  4. Meyers, CL, Women in Scripture: A Dictionary of Named and Unnamed Women in the Hebrew Bible, the Apocryphal/Deuterocanonical Books, and the New Testament, edited by Meyers, CL, (2000), Houghton Mifflin (paperback edition: Grand Rapids, MI: Wm. B. Eerdmans, 2001.)  [abs]
  5. Meyers, CL, Archologie als Fenster zum Leben von Frauen in Alt-Israel, in Bibel—Alten Testament: Tora, Bibel und die Frauen: Eine exegtisch-kulturgeschichtliche Enzyklopädie, edited by Fischer, I; Puerto, MN; Taschl-Erber, A (2009), pp. 63-109, Kohlhammer, Stuttgart (German translation of: "Archaeolgoy as a Window to the Lives of Israelite Women." Volume 1.1 of 22 volumes, to be published in 4 languages..)
  6. Meyers, CL, In the Household and Beyond: The Social World of Israelite Women, Nordic Journal of Theology, vol. 63 (2009), pp. 19-41, Studia Theologica
  7. Meyers, CL, The Persian Period at Sepphoris, (Ephraim Stern festschrift volume);, edited by Ben-Tor, A; al, IE; Gitin, S; Reich, R, vol. Eretz Israel 29 (2009), pp. 136*-143*, Israel Exploration Society in cooperation with the Institute of Archaeology, Hebrew University of Jerusalem., Jerusalem (with Eric Meyers.)
  8. Meyers, CL, Women in the OT, in New Interpreter’s Dictionary of the Bible., Volume 5, edited by al, KDSE (2009), pp. pp.879-882, Abingdon Press, Nashville, TN
  9. Meyers, CL, Grinding to a Halt: Gender and the Changing Technology of Flour Production in Roman Galilee, in Engendering Social Dynamics: the Archaeology of Maintenance Activities, edited by Montón-Subías, S; Sánchez-Romero, M (2008), pp. 65-74, Archaeo Press, Oxford:BAR International Series 1862.
  10. Meyers, CL, Terracottas without Texts: Judean Pillar Figurines in Anthropological Perspective, in To Break Every Yoke: Essays in Honor of Marvin L. Chaney, edited by Coote, RB; Gottwald, NK (2008), pp. 115-130, Sheffield Phoenix Press, Sheffield Academic Press ((Social World of Biblical Antiquity, Second Series, 3..)
  11. Meyers, CL, Engendering Ezekiel, in Near Eastern Birkat Shalom Studies in the Bible, Ancient, and Postbiblical Judaism Presented to Shalom M.Paul on the Occasion of His Seventieth Birthday, edited by ChaimCohen, AH; Hurvitz, A; Muffs, Y; Schwartz, BJ; Tigay, J, vol. 1 (2008), pp. 281-297, Eisenbrauns, Winona Lake, Indiana
  12. Meyers, CL, Seven-Spout Oil Lamps in Ancient Palestine, in Die Zahl Sieben imAlten Orient: Studien zur Zahlensymbolik in der Bibel und ihreraltorientalischen Umwelt (The Number Seven in the Ancient Near East: Studies on the Numerical Symbolism in Hebrew Bible and Its Ancient Near Eastern Environment, edited by Reinhold, GGG no. 45-54 (2008), Peter Lang, Frankfurt am Maim
  13. Meyers, CL, Framing Aaron: Incense Altar and Lamp Oil in the Tabernacle Texts, in Sacred History, Sacred Literature: Essays on Ancient Israel, the Bible, andReligion in Honor of R. E. Friedman on His Sixtieth Birthday, edited by Dolansky, S (2008), pp. 13-21, Eisenbrauns, Winona Lake, Indiana

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