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Feminist Study of the Old Testament

J. Cheryl Exum

in Text in Context

Published in print September 2000 | ISBN: 9780198263913
Published online April 2004 | e-ISBN: 9780191601187 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0198263910.003.0004
 Feminist Study of the Old Testament

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This is the fourth of five chapters on the Old Testament and the reader, and reviews feminist study of the Old Testament. It describes feminist criticism as one of the most significant intellectual developments of the twentieth century, and notes that biblical interpretation of this kind is not likely to be disinterested although feminist critics are more likely than most to admit their ideological presuppositions. These presuppositions, like those of other postmodern approaches, provide a compelling challenge to the dominant paradigms of ‘objective’ biblical scholarship through their recognition of the constructedness of history, gender, and self. Many and various examples of the vast and growing biblical feminist criticism are discussed through the chapter, looking, among other things, at the different methodological approaches taken, the strategies employed for getting at women's perspectives in androcentric texts, the search for traces of women's discourses in biblical texts, intertextual and cross‐cultural analysis, and gender studies.

Keywords: biblical research; biblical scholarship; biblical studies; cross‐cultural analysis; feminist criticism; gender studies; intertextual analysis; methodology; Old Testament; women's discourses in biblical texts; women's perspectives in androcentric texts

Chapter.  13777 words. 

Subjects: Biblical Studies

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