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Bible Trouble: Queer Reading at the Boundaries of Biblical Scholarship
Hornsby, Teresa J. and Ken Stone, editors

Atlanta: Society of Biblical Literature, 2011 pp. xiv + 355. $46.95

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Description: The essays in Bible Trouble all engage queer theories for purposes of biblical interpretation, a rare effort to date within biblical scholarship. The title phrase “Bible Trouble” plays on Judith Butler's Gender Trouble, gesturing toward a primary text for contemporary queer theory. The essays consider, among others, the Lazarus story, the Ethiopian eunuch, “gender trouble” in Judges 4 and 5, the Song of Songs, and an unorthodox coupling of the books of Samuel and the film Paris Is Burning. This volume “troubles” not only the boundaries between biblical scholarship and queer theory but also the boundaries between different frameworks currently used in the analysis of biblical literature, including sexuality, gender, race, class, history, and literature.

Subjects: Methods, Ideological Critique, Gay/Lesbian Approaches

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Review by Juliana Claassens
Published 8/7/2012
Citation: Juliana Claassens, review of Teresa J. Hornsby and Ken Stone, eds., Bible Trouble: Queer Reading at the Boundaries of Biblical Scholarship, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2012).


Review by Melanie Howard
Published 11/4/2012
Citation: Melanie Howard, review of Teresa J. Hornsby and Ken Stone, eds., Bible Trouble: Queer Reading at the Boundaries of Biblical Scholarship, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2012).


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