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Introducing the Womenís Hebrew Bible: Feminism, Gender Justice, and the Study of the Old Testament
Scholz, Susanne

London: Bloomsbury, 2017 pp. x + 206. $20.95


Description: Introducing the Women's Hebrew Bible is an up-to-date feminist introduction to the historical, socio-political, and academic developments of feminist biblical scholarship. In the second edition of this popular text Susanne Scholz offers new insights into the diverse field of feminist studies on the Hebrew Bible. Scholz provides a new introductory survey of the history of feminism more broadly, giving context to its rise in biblical studies, before looking at the history and issues as they relate specifically to feminist readings and readers of the Hebrew Bible. Scholz then presents the life and work of several influential feminist scholars of the Bible, outlining their career paths and the characteristics of their work. The volume also outlines how to relate the Bible to sexual violence and feminist postcolonial demands. Two new chapters further delineate recent developments in feminist biblical studies. One chapter addresses the relationship between feminist exegesis and queer theory as well as masculinity studies. Another chapter problematizes the gender discourse as it has emerged in the Christian Right's approaches to the Old Testament.

Subjects: Bible, Hebrew Bible/Old Testament, Literature, Methods, Ideological Critique, Feminist Approaches, Womanist Approaches

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Review by Laura Quick
Published 6/28/2018
Citation: Laura Quick, review of Susanne Scholz, Introducing the Womenís Hebrew Bible: Feminism, Gender Justice, and the Study of the Old Testament, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2018).


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