Genesis and Gender: Biblical Myths of Sexuality and Their Cultural Impact

Synopsis

In this provocative treatment of the Genesis stories, Phipps maintains that crucial points pertaining to gender have been overlooked because of faulty interpretations that have been accepted uncritically by society for generations. Examining the history of biblical interpretations, the study focuses on both past impact and potential for human relations in the future, and offers a broader concept in which the creation stories are seen as reflections of the male/female relationship as well as the relationship between both genders and their creator. This clearly feminist treatment of the creation stories presents the view that after cultural prejudices are removed, powerful insights for contemporary life are revealed.