Alumnae Achievement Awards
Carol Lyons Meyers ’64
Meyers ’64 is professor of religion and associate
director of the Women's Studies Program at Duke
University. With an M.A. and Ph.D. in Near Eastern
and Judaic Studies from Brandeis University and
years of archaeological fieldwork, Meyers has revealed
a more complete picture of women in ancient Israelite
She has led major excavations in Israel, including the
Sepphoris digs in Lower Galilee. Sepphoris was inhabited
from the late Iron Age through the Middle Ages and is
now an Israeli national park.
Meyers's analysis of ancient Hebrew and Greek versions
of the book of Genesis challenges translations of the
Bible that perpetuate notions of original sin and the
subjugation of women. Her projects have been widely chronicled
in scholarly journals, as well as in mass media such
as the New York Times, Newsweek, and the Atlantic Monthly.
The list of her own publications is extensive, as is
her list of honors, including Wellesley's Severinghaus
Award for outstanding contributions in religion by an
Through textual scholarship, comparative
anthropology, archaeology, and sociohistory, she has
Eve" as a hard-working matriarch with joint leadership
of the family and home.
Carol is married to Eric Meyers, who
is also a professor of religion at Duke. They have two
Reading List: Works by Carol Lyons
- Families in Ancient Israel, with L.G.
Perdue, J. Blenkinsopp, and J.J. Collins, 1997.
Deborah," "Hagar," "Leaven," "Sheba,
Queen of," 1993. Articles in the Oxford
Companion to the Bible.
- Sepphoris, with E. Netzer
and E. Meyers, 1992:
A book about the Sepphoris excavations in Galilee,
- Discovering Eve: Ancient Israelite
Women in Context, 1988.
Deuteronomy," "Ecclesiastes," "Jeremiah,
Book of," "Kings, Books of,"
- "Lamentations," "Leviticus," Nehemiah,
Book of," "Proverbs, Book of," "Ruth,
Book of," "Song of Solomon," 1988. Articles
in the World Book Encyclopedia.
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