Reading Bibles, Writing Bodies: Identity and the Book / Edition 1

Reading Bibles, Writing Bodies: Identity and the Book / Edition 1

by Timothy K. Beal
     
 

ISBN-10: 0415126657

ISBN-13: 9780415126656

Pub. Date: 12/28/1996

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

The Bible is often said to be one of the foundation texts of Western culture. The present volume shows that it goes far beyond being a religious text. The essays explore how religious, political and cultural identities, including ethnicity and gender, are embodied in biblical discourse. Following the authors, we read the Bible with new eyes: as a critic of

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The Bible is often said to be one of the foundation texts of Western culture. The present volume shows that it goes far beyond being a religious text. The essays explore how religious, political and cultural identities, including ethnicity and gender, are embodied in biblical discourse. Following the authors, we read the Bible with new eyes: as a critic of gender, ideology, politics and culture. We ask ourselves new questions: about God's body, about women's role, about racial prejudices and about the politics of the written word.
Reading Bibles, Writing Bodies crosses boundaries. It questions our most fundamental assumptions about the Bible. It shows how biblical studies can benefit from the mainstream of Western intellectual discourse, throwing up entirely new questions and offering surprising answers. Accessible, engaging and moving easily between theory and the reading of specific texts, this volume is an exciting contribution to contemporary biblical and cultural studies.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415126656
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
12/28/1996
Series:
Biblical Limits Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
312
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Notes on Contributors
Acknowledgements
Preface
Opening: Cracking the Binding1
1Shifting the Blame: God in the Garden16
2The Problem of the Body for the People of the Book34
3The Hebrew God and His Female Complements56
4Oedipus Wrecks: Moses and God's Rod72
5Woman Wisdom and the Strange Woman: Where is Power to be Found?85
6Woman and the Discourse of Patriarchal Wisdom116
7Imagination, Method, and Murder: Un/Framing the Face of Post-Exilic Israel132
8The Problem with Pagans153
9Assuming the Body of the Heir Apparent: David's Lament164
10Utopia and Pornography in Ezekiel: Violence, Hope, and the Shattered Male Subject175
11"An Imaginary and Desirable Converse": Moses and Monotheism as Family Romance"184
12Transference and Tact in Biblical Studies208
13Margins of Lamentation, Or, The Unbearable Whiteness of Reading219
14A Postscript to the Book: Authenticating the Pseudepigrapha232
15What Does the Bible Say?: A Question of Text and Cannon242
Bibliography262
Index of Authors277
Index of Subjects281
Index of Ancient Sources287

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