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When Momma Speaks: The Bible and Motherhood from a Womanist Perspective
Crowder, Stephanie Buckhanon

Louisville: Westminster John Knox, 2016 pp. xvii + 129. $22.00


Description: Stephanie Buckhanon Crowder provides an engaging womanist reading of mother characters in the Old and New Testaments. After providing a brief history of womanist biblical interpretation, she shows how the stories of several biblical mothers—Hagar, Rizpah, Bathsheba, Mary, the Canaanite woman, and Zebedee's wife—can be powerful sources for critical reflection, identification, and empowerment. Crowder also explores historical understandings of motherhood in the African American community and how these help to inform present-day perspectives. She includes questions for discussion with each chapter.

Subjects: Bible, Literature, Methods, Ideological Critique, Womanist Approaches

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Review by Kimberly Russaw
Published 9/14/2017
Citation: Kimberly Russaw, review of Stephanie Buckhanon Crowder, When Momma Speaks: The Bible and Motherhood from a Womanist Perspective, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2017).


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