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Toward a Communal Reading of 2 Samuel 13: Ideology and Power within the Intercultural Bible Reading Process
van der Walt, Charlene

Elkhart, IN: Institute of Mennonite Studies, 2014 pp. 168. $15.00

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Intercultural Biblical Hermeneutics Series, 2

Description: In the pages of this second monograph in the Intercultural Biblical Hermeneutics Series, the reader witnesses women on a journey with the “other” unlocking new interpretive realities, finding new paths through old biblical landscapes, and uncovering new perspectives on their own experience. Toward a Communal Reading of 2 Samuel 13: Ideology and Power within the Intercultural Bible Reading Process recounts Charlene van der Walt’s use of a shared reading of the biblical story of Tamar’s silencing to facilitate intercultural conversation on difficult subject matter—rape and violence against women. Participants in the intercultural Bible reading project, all of them residents of Stellenbosch, South Africa, speak from a diversity of cultural backgrounds. The intercultural Bible reading process allows for a creative interaction among these differing perspectives, and van der Walt documents ways it issues in greater social awareness, particularly among those occupying more privileged positions in society.

Subjects: Bible, Hebrew Bible/Old Testament, Historical Books, 1-2 Samuel, Literature, Methods, Ideological Critique, Feminist Approaches, Postcolonial Approaches

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Review by Anne Létourneau
Published 3/15/2018
Citation: Anne Létourneau, review of Charlene van der Walt, Toward a Communal Reading of 2 Samuel 13: Ideology and Power within the Intercultural Bible Reading Process, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2018).


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