Practicing Safer Texts: Food, Sex and Bible in Queer Perspective

Practicing Safer Texts: Food, Sex and Bible in Queer Perspective

by Kenneth Stone
     
 

ISBN-10: 0567081729

ISBN-13: 9780567081728

Pub. Date: 04/29/2005

Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic

This book uses the ubiquitous comparison between food and sex as a framework for examining a number of texts from the Hebrew Bible, as well as later readings of those texts and interpretive issues raised by the texts. A range of biblical texts in which both food and sex appear are analyzed in an interdisciplinary fashion with the help of both traditional tools of

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This book uses the ubiquitous comparison between food and sex as a framework for examining a number of texts from the Hebrew Bible, as well as later readings of those texts and interpretive issues raised by the texts. A range of biblical texts in which both food and sex appear are analyzed in an interdisciplinary fashion with the help of both traditional tools of biblical scholarship and less traditional tools such as Queer studies and cultural anthropology. By utilizing a reading lens that relates food and sex to one another intentionally, rather than treating them separately, the book will among other things question the tendency of readers of the Bible to overstress the gravity of sexual matters in relation to other matters of potential ethical, theological, exegetical and cultural concern, such as food.

At the same time, as the title Practising Safer Texts indicates, the book also proposes a pragmatic approach to biblical interpretation that uses strategies of "safer sex" as a sort of loose model. Such an approach assesses texts and readings of the Bible not in a universalizing fashion but rather in terms of their likely effects, for good or ill, on particular readers in particular contexts and situations (just as notions of "safer sex" ask us to assess sexual acts not in a moralizing fashion but, rather, in terms of their likely effects on particular persons.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780567081728
Publisher:
Bloomsbury Academic
Publication date:
04/29/2005
Series:
Queering Theology Series
Pages:
192
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.40(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction : on practicing safer text1
Ch. 1Food, sex and the Garden of Eden; or, what is the Bible 'about'?23
Ch. 2Border anxiety : food, sex and the boundaries of identity46
Ch. 3'Before the eyes of all Israel' : public sex, marriage and food in the Bible68
Ch. 4Pleasure and danger in biblical interpretation : food, sex and women in 2 Samuel 13 and the Song of Songs90
Ch. 5Lovers and raisin cakes : food, sex and manhood in Hosea111
Ch. 6Wisdom and pleasure129

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