The Coming of Lilith: Essays on Feminism, Judaism, and Sexual Ethics, 1973 - 2003

Overview

This first collection of Judith Plaskow's essays and short writings traces her scholarly and personal journey from her early days as a graduate student through her pioneering contributions to both feminist theology and Jewish feminism to her recent work in sexual ethics.

Accessibly organized into four sections, the collection begins with several of Plaskow's foundational essays on feminist theology, including one previously unavailable in English. Section II addresses her ...

See more details below
Other sellers (Paperback)
  • All (8) from $10.19   
  • New (3) from $11.70   
  • Used (5) from $10.19   
Sending request ...

Overview

This first collection of Judith Plaskow's essays and short writings traces her scholarly and personal journey from her early days as a graduate student through her pioneering contributions to both feminist theology and Jewish feminism to her recent work in sexual ethics.

Accessibly organized into four sections, the collection begins with several of Plaskow's foundational essays on feminist theology, including one previously unavailable in English. Section II addresses her nuanced understanding of oppression and includes her important work on anti-Judaism in Christian feminism. Section III contains a variety of short and highly readable pieces that make clear Plaskow's central role in the creation of Jewish feminism, including the essential "Beyond Egalitarianism." Finally, section IV presents her writings on the significance of sexual ethics to the larger project of transforming Judaism.

Intelligently edited with the help of Rabbi Donna Berman, and including pieces never before published, The Coming of Lilith is indispensable for religious studies students, fans of Plaskow's work, and those pursuing a Jewish education.

Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
Plaskow has distinguished herself as one of the most significant constructive theologians of the twentieth century.--Rachel Adler, author of Engendering Judaism

"One of the most brilliant feminist theologians."--Elisabeth Schüssler Fiorenza, author of Wisdom Ways

Praise for Standing Again at Sinai:

"Hers is one of those exceptional books which is born a classic. From now on, no discussion of the agenda of the Jewish women's movement can be complete without attending to the questions and arguments Plaskow so eloquently addresses."--Nina Beth Cardin, Hadassah

Library Journal
"Can we learn to listen to each other in our complexity? Can we learn to value our differences instead of being threatened by them? Isn't this part of what it should mean to be a feminist to be a Jew?" In this essay collection, Plaskow raises such questions and offers readers many opportunities to explore the ramifications of complexity. Written during Plaskow's graduate student days at Yale through her present position as professor of religious studies at Manhattan College, the essays chronicle the last 30 years of feminist theology as well as issues pertaining to feminist Judaism. Plaskow demonstrates the magnitude of the process undertaken by herself and others in working for change while consistently facing difficult issues with the "courage, concern and creativity necessary for a feminist transformation." She also fearlessly confronts the most challenging questions of our time, charting both a method of inquiry and an ideal of egalitarianism that can apply to any community or situation. Theological language, hierarchy and authority, sexual ethics, textual exegesis, and oppression are among the many aspects of religious experience explored within the context of "the contradictory whole of reality." This intelligent collection is indispensable for all libraries with conscientious religious studies departments, but it will also be enjoyed by the larger public interested in the development of feminism.-Sheila Peiffer, Acad. of the Holy Names, Albany, NY Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780807036235
  • Publisher: Beacon
  • Publication date: 7/28/2005
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 6.01 (w) x 9.01 (h) x 0.72 (d)

Meet the Author

Judith Plaskow is a professor of religious studies at Manhattan College. She is the author of Standing Again at Sinai: Judaism from a Feminist Perspective and coeditor of Womanspirit Rising: A Feminist Reader in Religion (with Carol Christ) and Weaving the Visions: New Patterns in Feminist Spirituality.

Rabbi Donna Berman, Ph.D., is executive director of the Charter Oak Cultural Center in Hartford, Connecticut, and a longtime activist. She was instrumental in the creation of the Reform movement's first gender-sensitive prayer books.

Read More Show Less

Table of Contents

Intersections : an introduction 5
1 Formulating a feminist theology
The coming of Lilith : toward a feminist theology (1972) 23
The Jewish feminist : conflict in identities (1973) 35
Male theology and women's experience (1978) 40
The right question is theological (1982) 56
Jewish theology in feminist perspective (1994) 65
Lilith revisited (1995) 81
II The complexity of interlocking oppressions
Christian feminism and anti-Judaism (1978) 89
Anti-Semitism : the unacknowledged racism (1984) 94
Feminist anti-Judaism and the Christian God (1990) 100
Jewish anti-paganism (1991) 110
Dealing with the hard stuff (1994) 114
III Creating a feminist Judaism
God : some feminist questions (1987) 121
"It is not in heaven" : feminism and religious authority (1990) 124
Beyond egalitarianism (1990) 128
Facing the ambiguity of God (1991) 134
What's wrong with hierarchy? (1992) 138
About men (1992) 143
The year of the Agunah (1993) 147
Preaching against the text (1997) 152
Expanding the Jewish feminist agenda (2000) 157
The continuing value of separatism (2003) 159
IV Sexuality, authority, and tradition
Sexuality and Teshuvah : Leviticus 18 (1997) 165
Sexual orientation and human rights : a progressive Jewish perspective (1998) 178
Authority, resistance, and transformation : Jewish feminist reflections on good sex (2000) 193
Speaking of sex : authority and the denominational documents (2003) 206
Works by Judith Plaskow 238
Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(0)

4 Star

(0)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously

    If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
    Why is this product inappropriate?
    Comments (optional)