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Fragile Dignity: Intercontextual Conversations on Scriptures, Family, and Violence
Claassens, L. Juliana and Klaas Spronk, editors

Atlanta: Society of Biblical Literature, 2013 pp. vii + 338. $36.95

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Description: Human dignity insists that every human deserves respect and a safe place to live. For many, this is not a reality. The essays collected here analyze the background of this problem in contemporary family life and society at large, with special emphasis on the role of women and on the Bible as a source of inspiration and transformation. The collection is the product of a six-year conversation on family, violence, and human dignity between the Protestant Theological University in Kampen, The Netherlands, and the Faculty of Theology at Stellenbosch University, South Africa, a North-South dialogue that included annual conferences, a series of responsive letters, and additional external responses. The contributors are Cheryl B. Anderson, Hendrik Bosman, Gerrit Brand, Athalya Brenner, L. Juliana Claassens, Dorothea Erbele-KŁster, Leo J. Koffeman, Frits de Lange, Monica Jyotsna Melanchthon, Magda Misset-van de Weg, Beverly Eileen Mitchell, Anne-Claire Mulder, Ian Nell, Mary-Anne Plaatjies-van Huffel, Jeremy Punt, Petruschka Schaafsma, D. Xolile Simon, Lee-Ann J. Simon, Gť Speelman, Klaas Spronk, Ciska Stark, Elsa Tamez, Charlene van der Walt, Robert Vosloo, and Yusef Waghid.

Subjects: Bible, Literature, Methods, Literary Approaches, Ideological Critique, Theological Approaches

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Review by Deborah Ellens
Published 10/1/2015
Citation: Deborah Ellens, review of L. Juliana Claassens and Klaas Spronk, eds., Fragile Dignity: Intercontextual Conversations on Scriptures, Family, and Violence, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2015).


Review by Marta HÝyland Lavik
Published 6/26/2015
Citation: Marta HÝyland Lavik, review of L. Juliana Claassens and Klaas Spronk, eds., Fragile Dignity: Intercontextual Conversations on Scriptures, Family, and Violence, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2015).


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