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The Straight Mind in Corinth: Queer Readings across 1 Corinthians 11:2–16
Townsley, Gillian

Atlanta: SBL Press, 2017 pp. xiii + 351. $43.95

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Description: Despite its lack of both historical and exegetical clarity, 1 Corinthians 11:2-16 has often been fundamental to understandings of gender and sexuality in many Christian traditions. In particular, a hierarchical model of gender and a heterosexual model of sexuality tend to dominate and are presented as “natural” and “God-ordained.” With the materialist lesbian theory of Monique Wittig providing the theoretical basis for discussion, this book intersects various biblical, theological, and queer lines of inquiry across 1 Corinthians 11:2-16 in order to reveal and challenge these models of gender and sexuality that lie behind both the text itself and its various interpretations.

Subjects: Bible, New Testament, Pauline Epistles, 1 Corinthians, Literature, Methods, Ideological Critique, Gay/Lesbian Approaches

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Review by Joseph A. Marchal
Published 4/26/2018
Citation: Joseph A. Marchal, review of Gillian Townsley, The Straight Mind in Corinth: Queer Readings across 1 Corinthians 11:2-16, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2018).


Review by James N. Hoke
Published 8/1/2018
Citation: James N. Hoke, review of Gillian Townsley, The Straight Mind in Corinth: Queer Readings across 1 Corinthians 11:2–16, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2018).


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