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About the Author:
Lynne Bundesen is a former faculty member at Boston Theological Institute
Bundesen (So the Woman Went Her Way) claims her book "will help you read the Bible for yourself and help you discover the female aspect of God, the Creator, God the Mother that already exists in the Book." This is not a deep scholarly or historical analysis but a generalized, nearly book-by-book perspective heavy on elucidating "the female nature of God." Such an approach has already been taken in other fairly well-known works, some scholarly, some more popular-e.g., Mary Daly's controversial Beyond God the Father; Rosemary Radford Ruether's Sexism and God-Talk; Alice Ogden Bellis's Helpmates, Harlots, and Heroes: and Tikva Frymer-Kensky's Reading the Women of the Bible. But how well Bundesen accomplishes her aim is debatable. Only a quarter of the book is devoted to the New Testament, suggesting a limited female godly nature in the time of Jesus. And her section on Davidic women covers only Abigail, leaving aside the profound narratives of wives Michal and Bathsheba. Given these and other limitations, a marginal buy at best.