• Virginia Rajakumari Sandiyagu Kristujyoti, Bangalore
Keywords: Daughters of Zelophehad, Justice, Inheritance, Levirate Law, Leadership, Property Rights


Patriarchal societies are mostly regarded as conservative and rigid especially when it comes to the democratic rights of women. Women are habitually curtailed of free expression of speech and activity. Biblical texts are often cited to prove the point either in support of this claim or to prove the misogynic attitude of the author himself. However, the present study unearths a solid example of freedom of speech and expression of women, that too of young daughters of Zelophehad in claiming for their right to property. The study also highlights how open-minded the leaders were in the community headed by Moses to listen, to respect and uphold justice in the case of these young unmarried daughters. Ultimately the study throws a challenge that laws and rules are not stagnant, they are to be framed or reframed with the signs of the time.

Author Biography

Virginia Rajakumari Sandiyagu, Kristujyoti, Bangalore

Virginia Rajakumari Sandiyagu belongs to the Congregation of the Sisters of St Anne, Bangalore (SAB). She holds a Doctorate in Biblical Theology from the Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium. Her doctoral thesis is published under the title  Women as Eyewitnesses to the Christian Kerygma: The Galilean Women in the Redaction of Luke: An Exegetical Study of Luke 8:1-3, KristuJyoti Research Series 2 (Bengaluru: Kristu Jyoti Publications, 2017).  She is on the teaching staff at Kristujyoti College, Bangalore, and is a visiting professor at various institutions.


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How to Cite
Sandiyagu, V. R. (2020). DAUGHTERS OF ZELOPHEHAD: STORY OF INHERITANCE AND INFLUENCE. Asian Horizons, 14(4), 988-1004. Retrieved from http://dvkjournals.in/index.php/ah/article/view/3631