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Destabilizing the Margins: An Intersectional Approach to Early Christian Memory
Kartzow, Marianne Bjelland

Eugene, OR: Pickwick, 2012 pp. xii + 204. $24.00


Description: In this book Marianne Bjelland Kartzow suggests that ideas taken from recent discussions of multiple identities and intersectionality, combined with insights from memory theory, can renew our engagement with biblical texts. Some marginal early Christian passages, and what the scholarly community has reconstructed of their historical contexts, are encountered, looking for alternative ways these texts can produce meaning. A fresh look at some marginal biblical figures—such as male and female slaves who are beaten by a fellow slave, the queer figure of the Ethiopian eunuch, foreign Egyptian women, rebellious widows, or a possessed fortune-telling slave girl—can help biblical users to talk in more critical and creative ways about responsibility, identity, injustice, violence, inclusion/exclusion, and the intersections of gender, sexuality, race, and class. These perspectives may be relevant for those who see the New Testament as Christian canon or as cultural canon, or as both.

Subjects: Bible, New Testament, Literature, Methods, Social-Scientific Approaches, Psychology, Theological Approaches, Ethics

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Review by Ben Sutton
Published 3/1/2016
Citation: Ben Sutton, review of Marianne Bjelland Kartzow, Destabilizing the Margins: An Intersectional Approach to Early Christian Memory, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2016).


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