Pregnant Passion: Gender, Sex, and Violence in the Bible


The Bible is hardly the first text that comes to mind when the general public considers gender, sex, and violence, yet within its first four chapters the Bible includes the creation of the first couple, thus gender designation; procreation, thus sex; and violence via the first murder. Pregnant Passion presents essays excavating some of the biblical stories that explore the dynamics, intersection, and relatedness of gender, human sexuality, and violence in the Bible, with themes spanning the realms of feasts and famines, betrayal and bloodshed, seduction and sensuality, power and politics, virtue and violence. Contributors include Randall C. Bailey, Valerie C. Cooper, Nicole Duran, Barbara Green, Gina Hens-Piazza, Barbara A. Holmes, Susan E. Hylen, Hyun Chul Paul Kim, Mignon R. Jacobs, Cheryl A. Kirk-Duggan, Madeline McClenney-Sadler, M. Fulgence Nyengele, Mary Donovan Turner, and Susan R. Holmes Winfield. Paperback edition is available from the Society of Biblical Literature (

Additional information

Includes content by:
  • Cheryl A. Kirk-Duggan
  • Mignon R. Jacobs
  • Nicole Duran
  • Randall C. Bailey
  • Hyun Chul Paul Kim
Publisher: Place of publication:
  • Boston
Publication year:
  • 2004


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