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

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

by Judith Plaskow, Donna Berman (Editor)
 

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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

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.

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780807036235
Publisher:
Beacon Press
Publication date:
07/28/2005
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
252
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.88(h) x 0.56(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.

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