Cover

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Title Page, Copyright

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pp. i-iv

Contents

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pp. v-vi

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Preface

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pp. vii-x

This book is intended to be a supplement to standard introductions to the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament, highlighting key issues of interpretation from feminist and intersectional perspectives that have arisen particularly during the last fifty-five years. They include...

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Introduction: Definitions, Explorations, and Intersections

Gale A. Yee

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pp. 1-38

The Bible has been a foundational text, not only for the religious communities of Jews and Christians, but particularly for its influence in the formation and perpetuation of certain gender relations that privileged men and disenfranchised women. Serious critique against...

Part I. The Torah/Pentateuch

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1. Character, Conflict, and Covenant in Israel’s Origin Traditions

Carolyn J. Sharp

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pp. 41-72

By means of stories, a community explores how it came into being and what is core to its identity. Storytelling offers defining moments of grace and moments of threat that suggest how to understand the past and the present. Those who preserve their cultural heritage...

Part II. The Deuteronomistic History

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2. Intersections of Ethnicity, Gender, Sexuality, and Nation

Vanessa Lovelace

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pp. 75-104

The Deuteronomistic Narrative or History (DH) is an academic term for a collection of books that comprise Deuteronomy and Joshua, Judges, Samuel, and Kings (the Former Prophets in the Hebrew canon). The DH covers the history of Israel from the late Mosaic...

Part III. Prophecy

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3. The Challenge of Violence and Gender under Colonization

Corrine L. Carvalho

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pp. 107-134

The prophetic books present a number of hurdles for contemporary readers of the Bible, especially those unfamiliar with the writing conventions of the ancient world. We have no modern parallel in the United States that functions in exactly the same way that prophets...

Part IV. The Writings

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4. Affirming and Contradicting Gender Stereotypes

Judy Fentress-Williams and Melody D. Knowles

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pp. 137-170

It would be easy to assume that the presentation of women in the Writings of the Hebrew Bible is stereotypical and negative. In the varied genres of this section (stories, prayers, love poems, family trees), women are maligned, confined to the household, or simply...

Contributors

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pp. 171-172

Index of Names & Subjects

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pp. 173-183