Wisdom's Feast: An Invitation to Feminist Interpretation of the Scriptures

Wisdom's Feast: An Invitation to Feminist Interpretation of the Scriptures

Wisdom's Feast: An Invitation to Feminist Interpretation of the Scriptures

Wisdom's Feast: An Invitation to Feminist Interpretation of the Scriptures

Synopsis

Offers a smorgasbord of tantalizing new perspectives on familiar biblical passages

Woman Wisdom in Proverbs 9 invites any who want to learn her ways to come and eat at her table -- an image for the rich and satisfying teaching that she offers. In this book Barbara Reid invites readers to this feast, drawing on women's wisdom to offer fresh new interpretations of biblical texts in a way that promotes equal dignity and value for women and men alike.

Reid begins by presenting feminist methods of biblical interpretation and explaining why they are important, giving attention not only to gender perspectives but also to race, class, and culture as determinative factors in how one understands the biblical text. She then presents fresh, readable feminist interpretations of selected Old and New Testament texts. Each chapter concludes with discussion questions for group or personal use.

Making feminist interpretation of Scripture understandable, compelling, and usable, Wisdom's Feast will be valuable to any readers hungry to learn from the rich insights of feminist biblical scholars.

Excerpt

“Come, eat of my bread and drink of the wine I have mixed. Lay aside immaturity and live and walk in the way of insight.” This is the invitation of Woman Wisdom in the book of Proverbs (9:5–6) to any who want to learn her wise ways. Eating at her “banquet” is the image for the rich and satisfying teaching that she offers, meant to help all who partake of it to live wisely and well. This book has a similar aim. It seeks to provide a smorgasbord of tantalizing new interpretations of familiar texts from the Scriptures—interpretations that rely on women’s wisdom and that draw from the biblical texts a way of life that promotes equal dignity and value for all, women and men alike.

Just as Wisdom offered her banquet to those who were “simple,” so too this book is intended for Christians who do not have scholarly training in biblical studies but who are hungry to learn from the rich insights of feminist biblical scholars. Questions at the end of each chapter can be used either for personal reflection or for discussion with groups devoted to Bible study.

Forerunners in Feminist Biblical Interpretation

It is nothing new for women to interpret the Bible through the lenses of their own experience. in every age, women have turned to the Scriptures to encounter God, to help make meaning of their lives, and to find guidance

1. Unless otherwise indicated, all Scripture quotations are taken from the New Revised Standard Version (NRSV).

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