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Feminist Frameworks and the Bible: Power, Ambiguity, and Intersectionality
Claassens, L. Juliana and Carolyn J. Sharp, editors

London: Bloomsbury, 2017 pp. x + 258. $114.00

Series Information
Library of Hebrew Bible/Old Testament Studies, 630


Description: This volume on intercultural biblical interpretation includes essays by feminist scholars from Botswana, Germany, New Zealand, Nigeria, South Africa, and the United States. Reading from a rich variety of socio-cultural locations, contributors present their hermeneutical frameworks for interpretation of Hebrew Bible texts, each framework grounded in the writer's journey of professional or social formation and serving as a prism or optic for feminist critical analysis. The volume hosts a lively conversation about the nature and significance of biblical interpretation in a global context, focusing on issues at the nexus of operations of power, textual ambiguity, and intersectionality. Engaged here are notions of biblical authority and postures of dissent; women's agency, discernment, rivalry, and alliance in ancient and contemporary contexts; ideological constructions of sexuality and power; interpretations related to indigeneity, racial identity, interethnic intimacy, and violence in colonial contexts; theologies of the feminine divine and feminist understandings of the sacred; convictions about interdependence and conditions of flourishing for all beings in creation; and ethics of resistance positioned over against dehumanization in political, theological, and hermeneutical praxes. Through their textual and contextual engagements, contributors articulate a broad spectrum of feminist insights into the possibilities for emancipatory visions of community.

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

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Review by Susanne Scholz
Published 3/7/2019
Citation: Susanne Scholz, review of L. Juliana Claassens and Carolyn J. Sharp, eds., Feminist Frameworks and the Bible: Power, Ambiguity, and Intersectionality, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2019).


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