In the nineteenth century, European and American explorers visited the Holy Land in exerted attempts to identify historical sites (biblical and extra - biblical), whose locations had long been forgotten. Many of these cities, towns and villages were destroyed or abandoned, and the only traces of their existence are to be found in passing references in the ancient historical records. The task to identify these lost sites requires a complex application of multiple disciplines, including history, toponomy, topography, and archaeology (Rainey and Notley 2006:9 - 24; Rainey 1984:8 - 11). See complete essay
Stanton wished for a greater degree of scholarship in The Woman's Bible , but was unable to convince Bible scholars of her day to take part in what was expected to be a controversial project. Scholars continued to avoid addressing the subject of sexism in the Bible until 1964 when Margaret Brackenbury Crook published Women and Religion , a study of the status of women in Judaism and Christianity. In her 1973 book Beyond God the Father , Mary Daly discussed The Woman's Bible ,  and subsequent works by Letty Russell and Phyllis Trible furthered the connection between feminism and the Bible. Today, biblical scholarship by women has come into maturity, with women posing new questions about the Bible, and challenging the very basis of biblical studies .