Queer Commentary and the Hebrew Bible

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Essays exploring and explaining how 'queer' reading makes a difference to biblical exegesis. As with feminism, theoretical questions arise such as whether such readings are characterized by certain questions or can only legitimately be done by gay or lesbian readers. The contributors are drawn from a range of backgrounds and a variety of interests—Jewish, Christian, agnostic, male, female, heterosexual, gay and lesbian—and mostly concentrate on individual passages and books. But the volume also contains some ...

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Essays exploring and explaining how 'queer' reading makes a difference to biblical exegesis. As with feminism, theoretical questions arise such as whether such readings are characterized by certain questions or can only legitimately be done by gay or lesbian readers. The contributors are drawn from a range of backgrounds and a variety of interests—Jewish, Christian, agnostic, male, female, heterosexual, gay and lesbian—and mostly concentrate on individual passages and books. But the volume also contains some theoretical reflections, and it ends with three +critical responses' from scholars with interdisciplinary interests on the place of queer read-ing of the Bible in broader contexts. A book for anyone interested in contemporary issues of bible interpretation or in queer theory generally.

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Ken Stone is Associate Professor of Hebrew Bible at Chicago Theological Seminary, Chicago, Illinois. A Lambda Literary Award winner, he is author of Sex, Honor and Power in the Deuteronomistic History (Sheffield) and editor of Queer Commentary and the Hebrew Bible (Sheffield/Pilgrim).

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 7
Abbreviations 8
List of Contributors 9
Queer Commentary and Biblical Interpretation: An Introduction 11
Pt. I Queer Readings
YHWH as Erastes 36
Yahweb as Top: A Lost Targum 75
Violent Femmes and S/M: Queering Samson and Delilah 106
Lovers and Raisin Cakes: Food, Sex and Divine Insecurity in Hosea 116
The Gift of Voice, the Gift of Tears: A Queer Reading of Lamentations in the Context of AIDS 140
Remembering Pelotit: A Queer Midrash on Calling Down Fire 152
Cruising as Methodology: Homoeroticism and the Scriptures 169
Pt. II Responses
(Cor)Responding: A Letter to the Editor 182
A Gay Male Ethicist's Response to Queer Readings of the Bible 193
Yahwist Desires: Imagining Divinity Queerly 210
Bibliography 228
Index of References 245
Index of Authors 248
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