Bread Not Stone: The Challenge of Feminist Biblical Interpretation

Bread Not Stone: The Challenge of Feminist Biblical Interpretation

Bread Not Stone: The Challenge of Feminist Biblical Interpretation

Bread Not Stone: The Challenge of Feminist Biblical Interpretation

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"Schussler Fiorenza stands among the most articulate and respected theologians who have challenged the silence and marginality that have characterized the great majority of Christian women for nearly 2,000 years. . . . Bread NotStone engages issues, explicit and implicit, that are sure to spark discussion, argument, and reflection among thoughtful Christians."-The New York Times Book Review

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The Hermeneutical Center of Feminist Biblical Interpretation

THE SECOND LETTER of John -- the only writing of the New Testament addressed to a woman -- was written "for the sake of the truth that dwells among us and will be with us forever." Biblical interpretation as theological interpretation is concerned with the divine presence dwelling among the people of God in the past and present. Feminist biblical interpretation makes explicit that divine truth and revelatory presence are found among women, who are the invisible members of the people of God. It makes explicit that the receivers and proclaimers of revelation are not solely men but also women. It thus seeks to interrupt the theological silence and ecclesial invisibility of women so that God's grace and truth may be revealed among us in their fullness.

The critical rereading of the Bible in a feminist key and from women's perspectives is in the process of uncovering lost traditions and correcting mistranslations, of peeling away layers of androcentric scholarship and rediscovering new dimensions of biblical symbols and theological meanings. In Bible study groups, sermons, and seminars, women rediscover our biblical heritage and realize that this heritage is part of our power today. The rediscovery on a popular and academic level is made possible by two basic shifts, in our perception of the world and reality and in our perception of the function of biblical texts and interpretations. Such paradigm shifts are on the one hand a shift from an androcentric to a feminist perception of the world and on the other hand a shift from an apologetic . . .

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