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Troubling Women and Land: Reading Biblical Texts in Aotearoa New Zealand
McKinlay, Judith E.

Sheffield: Sheffield Phoenix, 2014 pp. xxiii + 209. $95.00

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The Bible in the Modern World, 59

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Description: What do women have to do with land? Biblical women such as Rahab, Achsah, and the daughters of Zelophehad have a great deal to do with Israelís land concerns, and their roles are indeed found troubling. And there are also questions to be asked of Miriamís role in the move from Egypt towards the Ďpromisedí land; of Deborah, involved in a battle with a Canaanite commander; and of Huldah, whose troubling role in Josiah's reform is exposed in a queer-critical reading. Reading such land-focused narratives from the context of Aotearoa New Zealand brings to the surface disturbing connections with that countryís own quite particular experience of colonialism. Such findings call for feminist postcolonial scrutiny. Here, in response, the critical scope is widened by reading these texts contrapuntally with others concerning New Zealandís colonial and postcolonial experiences, both past and present. Troubling Women and Land has a personal edge, with the authorís voice frequently intruding, without apology, sometimes even holding imaginary conversations with characters and scholars, complementing the use of more traditional critical approaches. What underlies the book is a conviction that reading biblical texts matters in the politics of todayís world.

Subjects: Bible, Literature, Methods, Historical Approaches, History, Ideological Critique, Theological Approaches

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Review by Nasili Vakaíuta
Published 1/30/2016
Citation: Nasili Vakaíuta, review of Judith E. Mckinlay, Troubling Women and Land: Reading Biblical Texts in Aotearoa New Zealand, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2016).


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