Kristine Garroway “engages in a childist methodology to find the children [of the Hebrew Bible] and answer the practical question of what it is like to grow up in ancient Israel” (p. 1). Her work is influenced by feminist interpretation and childhood archaeology, and especially Carol Meyers. She employs a childist methodology that “investigates the life of the child, the child’s world, and the relationship between the child, their world, and the adults in it… looking to the textual as well as archaeological sources of the larger world from which the Hebrew Bible arose… to look beyond the Hebrew Bible to the life of the child in ancient Israelite society” (p. 5). She structures the monograph into the different stages of a child’s life.

In ch. 1, the author discusses pregnancy: the need for divine will to initiate a pregnancy, the problem of infertility, methods of contraception, miscarriage, stages of...

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