Feminine Spirit: Recapturing the Heart of Scriptureby Lynne Bundesen
Using a variety of analytical and descriptive tools, this nondenominational, innovative, and solid approach to the Bible goes deeply into biblical text to uncover new insights about who God is. It provides a fresh and insightful way for women to read the Bible outside the patriarchal framework that has predominated, going beyond stereotypes and male-centered
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Using a variety of analytical and descriptive tools, this nondenominational, innovative, and solid approach to the Bible goes deeply into biblical text to uncover new insights about who God is. It provides a fresh and insightful way for women to read the Bible outside the patriarchal framework that has predominated, going beyond stereotypes and male-centered traditional teachings to illuminate how women can better relate both to the Bible and to God.
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.
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"As a pastor, theologian, father of four daughters, and one who is a chaplain with the USMC, I wish I had this book in seminary twenty years ago. So many books are read once and put away. This one will cause the reader to return again and again."
—Rev. Patrick J. McLaughlin, commander, United States Navy Chaplain Corps; former chaplain—Presidential Retreat Camp David
"Lynne Bundesen's latest work, The Feminine Spirit, ought to be required reading for anyone who is interested in a fuller understanding of the confluence of spirituality and gender."
—Rabbi Niles Elliot Goldstein, author, Gonzo Judaism: A Bold Path for Renewing an Ancient Faith
Meet the Author
Lynne Bundesen is the author of So the Woman Went Her Way, selected as one of the 25 Best Books of the past 25 years by the Washington National Book Club in 2003. A former faculty member at Boston Theological Institute and a Hearst Syndicate columnist, she is a three-time winner of the Religion in Media award.
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