Obedience, Suspicion and the Gospel of Mark: A Mennonite-Feminist Exploration of Biblical Authority

Obedience, Suspicion and the Gospel of Mark: A Mennonite-Feminist Exploration of Biblical Authority

by Lydia Neufeld Harder
     
 

How do our social, political and religious commitments influence our interpretation of biblical texts? Are obedience and suspicion necessarily opposite ways to respond to the authority of the Bible? Can one criticize and be transformed at the same time?

Lydia Neufeld Harder explores these questions from the vantage point of a scholar, a feminist and a

Overview

How do our social, political and religious commitments influence our interpretation of biblical texts? Are obedience and suspicion necessarily opposite ways to respond to the authority of the Bible? Can one criticize and be transformed at the same time?

Lydia Neufeld Harder explores these questions from the vantage point of a scholar, a feminist and a member of a faith community. A hermeneutics of obedience, rising out of the Mennonite theological tradition, and a hermeneutics of suspicion, advocated by many feminist theologians, seem to represent opposite approaches to the Bible’s authority. The resulting polarization could easily have led to static definitions of authority and the subtle domination of those who differ from the majority. However, by focusing on the common theological concept of discipleship, Harder has constructed a critical dialogue, beginning a process of creative change in her own view of authority.

This new view opens the way for an interpretation of the Gospel of Mark. A new appreciation of both the power and the vulnerability of the biblical text leads to a view of authority that embraces both suspicion and obedience in a dynamic interpretative process.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780889203051
Publisher:
Wilfrid Laurier University Press
Publication date:
10/26/1998
Series:
Studies in Women and Religion Series
Pages:
184
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 250.00(d)

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Meet the Author

Lydia Neufeld Harder holds a ThD from the Toronto School of Theology (1993), an M.Th from Newman College (1984), a BA from Goshen College (1969) and a B.Chr.Ed from Canadian Mennonite Bible College (1964). Her teaching experience includes courses taught at Newman College and St. Stephen’s College in Edmonton, Canadian Mennonite Bible College in Winnipeg, and at the Toronto School of Theology. Her research interests are in Anabaptist–Mennonite theology, feminist theology and biblical hermeneutics. Lydia is active in the educational program of the church and has written Sunday School curricula for both children and adults. She continues to be heavily involved in the Toronto Mennonite Theological Centre.

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