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Intersex, Theology, and the Bible: Troubling Bodies in Church, Text, and Society
Cornwall, Susannah, editor

New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2015 pp. 252. $95.00


Description: Intersex bodies, not easily classifiable as male or female, challenge the binary sex system operative in Western societies. They have often been pathologized, problematized, or altered via surgical intervention to make them less exceptional. Such bodies have been figured as troubling: by doctors; by parents; by religious institutions; and by society at large. In this volume, scholars engage with intersex from a range of perspectives, including constructive and pastoral theologies, biblical studies, and sociology of religion. This volume suggests that intersex's capacity to 'trouble' might also be understood positively, challenging unquestioned norms and dubious assumptions in religion and beyond.

Subjects: Bible, New Testament, Literature, Methods, Literary Approaches, Postmodern Literary Criticism, Social-Scientific Approaches, Ideological Critique, Feminist Approaches, Liberation Approaches, Gay/Lesbian Approaches, Theological Approaches

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Review by Teresa J. Hornsby
Published 8/4/2016
Citation: Teresa J. Hornsby, review of Susannah Cornwall, ed., Intersex, Theology, and the Bible: Troubling Bodies in Church, Text, and Society, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2016).


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