The Strange Woman: Power and Sex in the Bible / Edition 1

The Strange Woman: Power and Sex in the Bible / Edition 1

by Gail Corrington Streete
     
 

ISBN-10: 0664256228

ISBN-13: 9780664256227

Pub. Date: 02/28/1998

Publisher: Westminster John Knox Press

Adultery. Harlotry. Indepedence. Power. Few today would say that all these are equal. But to the male-dominated, male-documented world of ancient Israel and early Christianity, a woman who asserted herself was the equivalent of a prostitute. In a world where religious law severely limited women's opportunities, those who did use prostitution and adultery to find a

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Adultery. Harlotry. Indepedence. Power. Few today would say that all these are equal. But to the male-dominated, male-documented world of ancient Israel and early Christianity, a woman who asserted herself was the equivalent of a prostitute. In a world where religious law severely limited women's opportunities, those who did use prostitution and adultery to find a form of freedom not readily available to women where castigated for their actions. In this book, Gail Streete examines the treatment these women received and illustrates how biblical texts often apply the term "adultery" to any independent female behavior--sexual or not.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780664256227
Publisher:
Westminster John Knox Press
Publication date:
02/28/1998
Edition description:
1 ED
Pages:
216
Product dimensions:
6.03(w) x 9.02(h) x 0.69(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction1
1Adultery and Other Sex Crimes20
2Women on the Boundary: Sex and Subversion43
3Jealous Husband and Wayward Wife: Sexual Crime and Punishment76
4The Whore and the Holy One: Mirror Images of Wisdom101
5Spirituality and Sexuality in the Body of Christ120
6Sinners, Adulteresses, Whores, and Brides: Imagining Women in the Gospels and Revelation140
7Confounding the Wisdom of the Wise159
Abbreviations173
Notes175
Bibliography197
Index of Passages205
Index of Subjects215

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