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Feminist Interpretation of the Hebrew Bible in Retrospect
I. Biblical Books
Edited by Susanne Scholz

This is the first of a set of three volumes reviewing the progress of feminist Hebrew Bible scholarship over the last 40 years. In it, fourteen essayists focus on the feminist work on each of the biblical books.

Each essay explores the range and depth of feminist exegesis, presents substantial yet easily digestible trends, preferences and perspectives in feminist scholarship, and demonstrates that feminist biblical approaches are not monolithic but diverse in feminist conviction, hermeneutics and method.

The result of this collaborative task is a comprehensive though selective survey, which includes suggestions for future feminist engagement. What feminist biblical scholarship has accomplished during the past forty years is no small feat. But it becomes clear from this volume that much remains to be done in the pursuit of dismantling structures of gender domination in Hebrew Bible exegesis and beyond.


Susanne Scholz is Professor of Old Testament, Perkins School of Theology, Dallas, Texas.

Series: Recent Research in Biblical Studies, 5
978-1-909697-07-2 hardback
Publication October 2013

Contents
Susanne Scholz
THE PAST, THE PRESENT, AND THE FUTURE OF FEMINIST HEBREW BIBLE INTERPRETATION

Helen Leneman
1. GENEALOGIES OF FEMINIST BIBLICAL STUDIES
An Interview Report from the 1970s Generation

Susanne Scholz
2. EVE’S DAUGHTERS LIBERATED?
The Book of Genesis in Feminist Exegesis

Amelia Devin Freedman
3. IMAGE, STATUS, AND REGULATION
The History of Feminist Interpretation of Exodus to Deuteronomy

Beverly J. Stratton
4. CONSIDER, TAKE COUNSEL, AND SPEAK
Remembering Women in Joshua and Judges

Lai Ling Ngan
5. CLASS PRIVILEGE IN PATRIARCHAL SOCIETY
Women in First and Second Samuel

Julia Faith Parker
6. QUEENS AND OTHER DISTAFF CHARACTERS
Feminist Interpretations of First and Second Kings

Sandie Gravett
7. METAPHORS FOR WOMEN AND GOD THAT HURT AND LIBERATE
Feminist Approaches to the Books of Isaiah, Jeremiah, and Ezekiel

Susan E. Haddox
8. ENGAGING IMAGES IN THE PROPHETS
Feminist Scholarship on the Book of the Twelve

Carleen Mandolfo
9. FROM FEMININE METAPHORS TOWARD A DISCOURSE OF RESISTANCE
Feminist Inquiries into the Psalms and the Book of Lamentations

Fiona Black
10. LOOKING IN THROUGH THE LATTICE
Feminist and Other Gender-Critical Readings of the Song of Songs

Madipoane Masenya (ngwan’a Mphahlele)
11. SITTING AROUND THE FIREPLACE AT WISDOM’S HOUSE
A Feminist Review of the Books of Proverbs, Job, and Qoheleth

Yael Shemesh
12. THE STORIES OF WOMEN IN A MAN’S WORLD
The Books of Ruth, Esther, and Judith in Feminist Interpretations

Julie Kelso
13. READING SILENCE
Ezra-Nehemiah and Chronicles, and the Absence of a Feminist Interpretive History

David M. Valeta
14. CROSSING BOUNDARIES
Feminist Perspectives on the Stories of Daniel and Susannah