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Sexuality, Ideology and the Bible
Antipodean Engagements
Edited by Robert J. Myles, Caroline Blyth

What happens when explorations of sexuality, gender and the Bible go down under? This fascinating collection of essays, written by scholars located in the Antipodes, traverses the highly contested landscapes of sexuality, gender and biblical studies, revealing a myriad of sexual discourses voiced within both the biblical texts and their interpretative traditions. Recognizing that textual meaning is always shaped by the cultural and contextual baggage the reader brings to the interpretative task, contributors raise provocative questions about the meanings, identities and ideologies that surround biblical discourses of sexuality and gender, exploring how these have been and can be reshaped and reconceived.

Deane Galbraith examines the theological reflections of Augustine and Paul on Adam's ‘perfect penis’ in Eden while Roland Boer explores the earthy biblical vocabulary used to depict female genitalia. Christina Petterson, meanwhile, examines the Moravian Brethren’s celebration of a Christ who bore on his body male and female genitalia. Travelling beyond the sexualized human body, Emily Colgan considers the problematic language of gender violence against the land that is voiced in Jeremiah. Elaine Wainwright blurs and queers the binary categories of human and non-human in the Sermon on the Mount. Yael Klangwisan continues this blurring of boundaries through her creative reading of Song of Songs.

Moving from the gendered body to the gendered voice, Alan Cadwallader probes Paul’s rhetorical gender-bending in his ‘masculinized’ oral culture. Caroline Blyth and Teguh Wijaya Mulya empower Delilah to vocalize her queer potential in both the biblical narrative and popular culture. Gillian Townsley adds her own Kiwi voice to explore queer possibilities in Philippians 4.2-3 in the light of New Zealand’s same-sex marriage legislation. The volume concludes with a queer reconsideration of the Antipodes themselves from the perspective of a northern-hemisphere biblical scholar, Hugh Pyper.

This compelling collection will make a substantive contribution to the bookshelves of scholars and interested readers in such areas as biblical studies, religion and gender-queer studies.


Robert J. Myles lectures in New Testament and Religious Studies in the School of Humanities at the University of Auckland.
Caroline Blyth lectures in Hebrew Bible and Religious Studies in the School of Humanities at the University of Auckland.

Series: Bible in the Modern World, 70
978-1-909697-83-6 hardback
Publication October 2015

Contents
Robert J. Myles
THE ANTIPODEAN UNDERSIDE OF SEXUALITY, IDEOLOGY AND THE BIBLE

Deane Galbraith
THE PERFECT PENIS OF EDEN AND QUEER TIME IN AUGUSTINE’S READING OF PAUL

Emily Colgan
‘COME UPON HER’: LAND AS RAPED IN JEREMIAH 6.1-8

Christina Petterson
IMAGINING THE BODY OF CHRIST

Roland Boer
THE MATRIARCH’S MUFF

Alan H. Cadwallader
PAUL SPEAKS LIKE A GIRL: WHEN PHOEBE READS ROMANS

Gillian Townsley
‘WE’RE HERE, WE’RE QUEER—GET USED TO IT!’:
EXCLAMATIONS IN THE MARGINS (EUODIA AND SYNTYCHE IN PHILIPPIANS 4.2)

Elaine M. Wainwright
QUEER[Y]ING THE SERMON ON THE MOUNT

Yael Klangwisan
PROMETHEA’S SONG OF SONGS

Caroline Blyth and Teguh Wijaya Mulya
THE DELILAH MONOLOGUES

Hugh S. Pyper
RESPONSE: QUEERING THE ANTIPODES


Reviews
A collection of essays from scholars at all stages of their academic careers who are located in the Antipodes and who, in the words of the introduction, ‘seek to unmask a sexual ideology that structures our wider interpretive and contextual frameworks’ … This is indeed a delightfully queer collection which self-consciously situates itself in an antipodean (i.e. diametrically opposed) relationship to other scholarship by virtue of both its ideological consciousness and its cultural identity, and which in so doing offers an illuminating challenge to the more dominant paradigms against which it defines itself. Deborah W. Rooke, Society for Old Testament Study Book List.