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Dinah's Lament: The Biblical Legacy of Sexual Violence in Christian Interpretation
Schroeder, Joy†A.

Minneapolis: Fortress, 2007 pp. xii + 317. $35.00


Description: Dinah's Lament studies the ways Christians have read six biblical narratives about sexual violence, using biblical commentary, homilies, and devotional writings as a window into the history of the church's attitudes about rape. Schroeder analyzes the patterns of Christian interpretation from the early church through the Reformation and shows that traditions of interpretation are often more disturbing and horrifying than the texts themselves. Her work raises important questions about the way Christian readers continue to shield the Bible from criticism and to reinforce patterns of subjugation, silencing, and violence against women.

Subjects: Methods, Historical Approaches, History, Ideological Critique, Feminist Approaches, History of Interpretation

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Review by Yael Shemesh
Published 7/26/2008
Citation: Yael Shemesh, review of Joy A. Schroeder, Dinah's Lament: The Biblical Legacy of Sexual Violence in Christian Interpretation, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2008).


Review by Ron Clark
Published 7/26/2008
Citation: Ron Clark, review of Joy A. Schroeder, Dinah's Lament: The Biblical Legacy of Sexual Violence in Christian Interpretation, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2008).


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