Marxist Feminist Criticism of the Bible
Boer, Roland and Jorunn Økland, editors
Sheffield: Sheffield Phoenix, 2008 pp. 252. $80.00
Bible in the Modern World, 14
Description: This volume seeks to spur a lively discussion on Marxist feminist analysis of biblical texts. Marxism and feminism have many mutual concerns, and the combination of the two has become common in literary criticism, cultural studies, sociology and philosophy. So it is high time for biblical studies to become interested. This collection is the first of its kind in biblical studies, bringing together a mixture of newer and more mature voices. It falls into three sections: general concerns (Milena Kirova, Tamara Prosic and David Jobling); Hebrew Bible (Gale Yee and Avaren Ipsen); New Testament (Alan Cadwallader, Jorunn Økland, Roland Boer and Jennifer Bird). Thought-provoking and daring, the collection includes: the history of Marxist feminist analysis, the work of Bertolt Brecht, the voices of prostitute collectives, and the possibilities for biblical criticism of the work of Rosemary Hennessy, Simone de Beauvoir, Juliet Mitchell, Wilhelm Reich and Julia Kristeva. All of which are brought to bear on biblical texts such as Proverbs, 1 Kings, Mark, Paul's Letters, and 1 Peter.
Subjects: Methods, Ideological Critique, Feminist Approaches, Liberation Approaches
Review by Michael J. Lakey
Citation: Michael J. Lakey, review of Roland Boer and Jorunn Økland, eds., Marxist Feminist Criticism of the Bible, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2010).
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