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Ancient Laws and Contemporary Controversies: The Need for Inclusive Biblical Interpretation
Anderson, Cheryl B.

Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2009 pp. ix + 240. $25.00



Description: Anderson suggests that we approach biblical law in much the same way that we approach the U.S. Constitution. While the nation's founding fathers-all privileged white men-did not have the poor, women, or people of color in mind when they referred in its preamble to "We the people." Subsequently, the Constitution has evolved through amendment and interpretation to include those who were initially excluded. Although it is impossible to amend the biblical texts themselves, the way in which they are interpreted can-and should-change. With previous scholarship grounded in the Old Testament as well as critical, legal, and feminist theory, Anderson is uniquely qualified to apply insights from contemporary law to the interpretive history of biblical law, and to draw out their implications for issues of gender, class, and race/ethnicity. In so doing, she lays the groundwork for an inclusive mode of biblical interpretation.

Subjects: Methods, Literary Approaches, Hermeneutics

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Review by William R. G. Loader
Published 8/12/2011
Citation: William R. G. Loader, review of Cheryl B. Anderson, Ancient Laws and Contemporary Controversies: The Need for Inclusive Biblical Interpretation, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2011).


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