Sexual Politics In The Biblical Narrative: Reading The Hebrew Bible As A Woman

Sexual Politics In The Biblical Narrative: Reading The Hebrew Bible As A Woman

by Esther Fuchs
     
 

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ISBN-10: 082646954X

ISBN-13: 9780826469540

Pub. Date: 08/01/2000

Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic

This book is for anyone interested in religious studies and women's studies, as well as for biblical scholars. It offers a feminist oppositional reading of the biblical text. The main argument is that the Bible constructs a fictional universe in which women are shown to be intent on promoting male interests, and, for the most part, appear as secondary characters

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This book is for anyone interested in religious studies and women's studies, as well as for biblical scholars. It offers a feminist oppositional reading of the biblical text. The main argument is that the Bible constructs a fictional universe in which women are shown to be intent on promoting male interests, and, for the most part, appear as secondary characters whose voice and point of view are often suppressed. In their limited roles as mothers, wives, daughters and sisters, women are constructed as male-dependent pawns intent on securing the status of their male counterparts. The Biblical narrative highlights the contribution of women as reproductive agents and protectors of sons. In this challenging collection of essays, Fuchs focuses on type-scenes as a way of demonstrating the mechanisms by which the texts validates male power and superiority. She also deconstructs the Biblical sexual politics by asking whose interest is being served by the 'good' women of the Bible.Journal for the Study of the Old Testament Supplement series, Volume 310.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780826469540
Publisher:
Bloomsbury Academic
Publication date:
08/01/2000
Series:
Library of Hebrew Bible/Old Testament Studies Series, #310
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
248
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.51(d)

Table of Contents

Preface7
Chapter 1Introduction11
Chapter 2Contemporary Biblical Literary Criticism: The Objective Phallacy34
Chapter 3The Biblical Mother: The Annunciation and Temptation Type-Scenes44
Chapter 4The Bride and Biblical Betrothal Type-Scenes91
Chapter 5The Biblical Wife: Structure and Setting in Conjugal Narratives116
Chapter 6The Ideal Daughter: Useful Gaps and Some Didactic Implications177
Chapter 7The Biblical Sister: Redeemed by her Brother?200
Postscript225
Bibliography227
Index of References237
Index of Authors242

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