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

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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
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 312
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents

Notes on Contributors
Opening: Cracking the Binding 1
1 Shifting the Blame: God in the Garden 16
2 The Problem of the Body for the People of the Book 34
3 The Hebrew God and His Female Complements 56
4 Oedipus Wrecks: Moses and God's Rod 72
5 Woman Wisdom and the Strange Woman: Where is Power to be Found? 85
6 Woman and the Discourse of Patriarchal Wisdom 116
7 Imagination, Method, and Murder: Un/Framing the Face of Post-Exilic Israel 132
8 The Problem with Pagans 153
9 Assuming the Body of the Heir Apparent: David's Lament 164
10 Utopia and Pornography in Ezekiel: Violence, Hope, and the Shattered Male Subject 175
11 "An Imaginary and Desirable Converse": Moses and Monotheism as Family Romance" 184
12 Transference and Tact in Biblical Studies 208
13 Margins of Lamentation, Or, The Unbearable Whiteness of Reading 219
14 A Postscript to the Book: Authenticating the Pseudepigrapha 232
15 What Does the Bible Say?: A Question of Text and Cannon 242
Bibliography 262
Index of Authors 277
Index of Subjects 281
Index of Ancient Sources 287
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