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Introduction

Helen Kraus

in Gender Issues in Ancient and Reformation Translations of Genesis 1-4

Published in print October 2011 | ISBN: 9780199600786
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191731563 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199600786.003.0001

Series: Oxford Theological Monographs

Introduction

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The introductory chapter gives a more detailed introduction to the study and its aims and objectives. It briefly charts the recent progress of feminist scholarship to a more moderate stance, to a multidisciplinary — even minimalist — approach. In the context of the Creation and Fall, it touches on the problems of gender‐exclusive language, gender‐bias, male/female stereotypes, and the implications of monotheism, a linguistically gendered God and the attendant prejudices and preconceptions. It points out that, as a piece of Old Testament research, this study is something of a hybrid, comprising exegesis, literary criticism and reception history, and drawing together a number of hitherto discrete approaches. This also means that, along the way, many potentially fruitful explorations have had to be put aside in the interest of brevity and clarity.

Keywords: feminist scholarship; multidisciplinary; minimalist; Creation and Fall; gender‐exclusive language; male/female stereotypes; gender‐bias; monotheism; linguistically gendered God

Chapter.  2922 words. 

Subjects: Biblical Studies

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