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Feminist Interpretation of the Hebrew Bible in Retrospect I: Biblical Books
Scholz, Susanne, editor

Sheffield: Sheffield Phoenix, 2017 pp. xviii + 320. $29.50

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Recent Research in Biblical Studies, 5

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Description: 2017 paperback reprint; first published in hardcover in 2013. This is the first of a set of three volumes reviewing the progress of feminist Hebrew Bible scholarship over the last 40 years. In it, fourteen essayists focus on the feminist work on each of the biblical books. Each essay explores the range and depth of feminist exegesis, presents substantial yet easily digestible trends, preferences and perspectives in feminist scholarship, and demonstrates that feminist biblical approaches are not monolithic but diverse in feminist conviction, hermeneutics and method. The result of this collaborative task is a comprehensive though selective survey, which includes suggestions for future feminist engagement. What feminist biblical scholarship has accomplished during the past forty years is no small feat. But it becomes clear from this volume that much remains to be done in the pursuit of dismantling structures of gender domination in Hebrew Bible exegesis and beyond. Contributors include Fiona C. Black, Amelia Devin Freedman, Sandie Gravett, Susan E. Haddox, Julie Kelso, Helen Leneman, Lai Ling Elizabeth Ngan, Carleen Mandolfo, Madipoane Masenya (ngwan'a Mphalele), Julie Faith Parker, Susanne Scholz, Yael Shemesh, Beverly J. Stratton, and David M. Valeta.

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

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Review by Rachel Adelman
Published 6/13/2019
Citation: Rachel Adelman, review of Susanne Scholz, ed., Feminist Interpretation of the Hebrew Bible in Retrospect I: Biblical Books, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2019).


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