978-1-880317-41-9 / 1880317419

Feminist Approaches to the Bible: Symposium at the Smithsonian Institution September 24, 1994

by Frymer-Kensky, Tikva

Publisher:Biblical Archaeology Society



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Participants included Phyllis Trible (author of books such as Texts of Terror: Literary-Feminist Readings of Biblical Narratives (Overtures to Biblical Theology) and God and Rhetoric of Sexuality (Overtures to Biblical Theology)), Jane Schaberg (author of The Illegitimacy of Jesus: A Feminist Theological Interpretation of the Infancy Narratives, Expanded Twentieth Anniversary Edition and Resurrection Of Mary Magdalene: Legands, Apocrypha, And The Christian Testament), Tikva Frymer-Kensky (author of Reading the Women of the Bible: A New Interpretation of Their Stories), and Pamela Milne. Shanks says in his Introduction, "We will be exploring questions today ... but with close examinations of particular texts and the particular people who walk the pages of those texts---people like Eve, Miriam, Mary Magdalene, and the men with whom they relate. We will be asking challenging questions. How can difficult texts be reclaimed for women? In what special ways is the Bible a spiritual resource for women? Can it always be reclaimed, or are there texts that cannot be considered authoritative from a feminist viewpoint? How has the Bible been used to suppress women?" Trible states, "the Bible can be redeemed from bondage to patriarchy; that redemption is already at work in the text; and that the articulation of it is desirable and beneficial. Sometimes it is even fun." Frymer-Kensky says, "the myth of the great goddess is less history than psychology because, to some extent, it represents the wish of all of us to go back to the absolute peace and bliss we felt at our mother's breast and even before that in our mother's womb. The real world is not that peaceful."

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