Feminist Interpretation: The Bible in Women's Perspective

Feminist Interpretation: The Bible in Women's Perspective

Feminist Interpretation: The Bible in Women's Perspective

Feminist Interpretation: The Bible in Women's Perspective

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"In the hundred years since The Women's Bible, giant strides have been made in feminist interpretation of the Bible. Now comes the first comprehensive overview of the whole field. The authors systematically recount efforts to describe the story of women in both testaments, to uncover tendencies not supportive of women, and to describe biblical traditions that empower women." Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

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The title Feminist Interpretation is meant both to signify and to guide our attempt to provide a historical context for current Christian feminist engagement with the Bible, to determine its hermeneutical location, and to elucidate its methodology. Along with diachronic tracings of their history will be synchronic soundings of the themes of both parts of the Christian Bible. Part One focuses on developments and the status of current discussions and seeks to include publications of European women scholars working within the perspective of feminism. Parts Two and Three take up in addition the literature from the United States in order to contribute to the interweaving of feminist exegetical labor. A good place to start is the now-complete ten-volume work edited by Athalya Brenner, Feminist Companion to the Bible (Sheffield: Sheffield Academic Press, 1993–96; a new edition is in preparation).

We call attention at the outset to two feminist commentaries on the Bible that have already appeared in the United States; we have not specifically listed their individual articles in our bibliographies. The onevolume Women’s Bible Commentary, edited by Carol A. Newsom and Sharon Ringe, presents for every book of the Bible a self-contained, feminist commentary of relative brevity (Louisville: Westminster/John Knox Press, 1992). Elisabeth Schüssler Fiorenza has edited a two-volume commentary that looks at the New Testament and its world; it is called Searching the Scriptures (New York: Crossroad, 1993, 1994). Volume 1 develops historical and hermeneutical foundations; volume 2 offers short commentaries on biblical and extrabiblical writings. The purpose is to provide a multicontextual interpretation of Scripture in which women from diverse regions of the world and different cultural contexts within the United States are involved. It was precisely against this backdrop that we recognized once again how much effort is necessary so that the work of feminist theologians of other continents, as well as of Jewish women feminists, may also be taken up in our context.

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