Cover

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Title page, Copyright

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Contents

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Acknowledgements

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pp. ix-x

The editors would like to thank the officers and members of the Catholic Biblical Association (CBA) for providing the context in which this project could come to fruition. In particular, we offer our hearty thanks to the members of the CBA Feminist Biblical...

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Foreword

Christine Vladimiroff, OSB

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pp. xi-xii

I recall from my childhood a part of my Russian heritage, a ceremonial blessing exchanged by host and guest: “Bread, that this house may never know hunger, salt, that life may always have savor.” The reader of this book will be the recipient of another rich blessing...

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Introduction: The Bible through the Eyes of the Hungry

Lai Ling Elizabeth Ngan, Ahida Calderón Pilarski, and Sheila E. McGinn

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pp. 1-16

One of Jesus’ more famous sayings appears in the scene of his temptation in the desert (Matt. 4:1-11; Luke 4:1-13). After fasting for “forty days and forty nights” (v. 2), Satan tempts Jesus to “turn these stones into bread” (v. 3). Jesus retorts that the human person lives “not...

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1. Let All the Peoples Praise You: Biblical Studies and a Hermeneutics of Hunger

Kathleen M. O’Connor

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pp. 17-34

If all the peoples are to praise God, surely the praise must be in their own speech, their own culture, their own specific place in the world. And if the field of biblical studies is to contribute to this global chorus of praise, it requires a hermeneutic of hunger.1 I borrow...

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2. Feeding the Poor in Isaiah 58:1-9a: A Call to Justice, Mercy, and True Worship

J. L. Manzo

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pp. 35-50

Hunger and famine were powerful images to the people of the ancient Near East. In Palestine, an abundant harvest depended on an adequate water surplus. On a land that experienced frequent droughts, hunger and famine meant suffering and loss of life....

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3. From Drought to Starvation (Jeremiah 14:1-9): A National Experience, a Global Reality

Carol J. Dempsey, OP

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pp. 51-66

Repeatedly, the prophets proclaim the foreboding message that people, animals, and the land will be made to suffer by God because of the iniquities committed by some members within the human community. One of the divine chastisements to be suffered is...

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4. War, Famine, and Baby Stew: A Recipe for Disaster in the Book of Lamentations

Lauress L. Wilkins

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pp. 67-88

The Israelite prophets frequently use the paired metaphors of “famine and the sword” to describe weapons wielded by the Divine Warrior to punish sinful nations.1 These prophetic references function either to motivate the Israelites to repent in order to avert YHWH’s...

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5. Social and Theological Aspects of Hunger in Sirach

Bradley C. Gregory

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pp. 89-110

Ben Sira was a scribe who lived and worked in Jerusalem in the late third and early second centuries BCE, when Judea was under the rule first of the Ptolemies and then the Seleucids. While his primary mode of instruction was oral, near the end of his life, perhaps around...

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6. “You Give Them Something to Eat” (Mark 6:37): Beyond a Hermeneutic of Hunger

Mary Ann Beavis

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pp. 111-128

In her 2009 presidential address to the Catholic Biblical Association, Kathleen O’Connor called for a “hermeneutics of hunger.”1 The phrase is borrowed from the German feminist theologian Dorothee Sölle, who argued that theology needed to move beyond a...

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7. The Friend at Midnight (Luke 11:1-10)

Linda Maloney

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pp. 129-134

The most common reading of the parable of the Friend at Midnight (Luke 11:1-10) holds that it is about generosity, the requirement to give to those who ask, and the trust that God will supply one’s own needs. Social-science commentary, as exemplified by Bruce Malina...

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8. An Empty Jar and a Starving Woman: Gospel of Thomas Logion 97 and a Hermeneutics of Hunger

Susan M. (Elli) Elliott

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pp. 135-158

Jesus said, “The [Father’s] imperial rule1 is like a woman who was carrying a [jar] full of meal. While she was walking along [a] distant road, the handle of the jar broke and the meal spilled behind her [along] the road. She didn’t know it; she hadn’t noticed a problem.2 When she...

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9. Including the Hungry Adelphoi: Exploring Pauline Points of View in 1 Corinthians 11:17-34

Ma. Marilou S. Ibita

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pp. 159-184

The first Millennium Development Goal is to eradicate extreme poverty and hunger by 2015.1 In 2006, the former head of the United Nation’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), Jacques Diouf, said, “We are confident that the race against hunger can still be won...

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10. 2 Thessalonians vs. the Ataktoi: A Pauline Critique of “White-Collar Welfare”

Sheila E. McGinn and Megan T. Wilson-Reitz

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pp. 185-208

Now we command you, beloved, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, to keep away from believers who are living in idleness and not according to the tradition that they received from us. For you yourselves know how you ought to imitate us; we were not idle when we were...

Contributors

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pp. 209-216

Select Bibliography

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pp. 217-242

Index of Names

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pp. 243-246

Index of Biblical and Ancient Literature References

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pp. 247-256

Back Cover

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