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Marxist Feminist Criticism of the Bible
Edited by Roland Boer, Jorunn Økland

This volume seeks to spur a lively discussion on Marxist feminist analysis of biblical texts. Marxism and feminism have many mutual concerns, and the combination of the two has become common in literary criticism, cultural studies, sociology and philosophy. So it is high time for biblical studies to become interested.

This collection is the first of its kind in biblical studies, bringing together a mixture of newer and more mature voices. It falls into three sections: general concerns (Milena Kirova, Tamara Prosic and David Jobling); Hebrew Bible (Gale Yee and Avaren Ipsen); New Testament (Alan Cadwallader, Jorunn Økland, Roland Boer and Jennifer Bird).

Thought-provoking and daring, the collection includes: the history of Marxist feminist analysis, the work of Bertolt Brecht, the voices of prostitute collectives, and the possibilities for biblical criticism of the work of Rosemary Hennessy, Simone de Beauvoir, Juliet Mitchell, Wilhelm Reich and Julia Kristeva. All of which are brought to bear on biblical texts such as Proverbs, 1 Kings, Mark, Paul's Letters, and 1 Peter.

Roland Boer is Faculty Research Fellow, Faculty of Education and Arts, University of Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia.
Jorunn Økland is Professor of Interdisciplinary Gender Studies, Centre for Gender Studies, University of Oslo.

Series: Bible in the Modern World, 14
978-1-906055-35-6 hardback
Publication June 2008

Jorunn Økland and Roland Boer, Towards Marxist Feminist Biblical Criticism
1. Milena Kirova, The Early Fathers of Marxist Feminism and the Holy Book
2. Tamara Prosic, Schizoid Coitus: Christ and the Feminine
3. David Jobling, ‘Old and New Wisdom Mix Admirably’: Bertolt Brecht’s The Caucasian Chalk Circle
4. Gale A. Yee, The Other Woman in Proverbs: ‘My Man’s Not Home…He Took his Money Bag with Him’
5. Avaren E. Ipsen, Solomon and the Two Prostitutes
6. Alan H. Cadwallader, The Markan / Marxist Struggle for the Household: Juliet Mitchell and the Challenge to Patriarchal / Familial Ideology
7. Jorunn Økland, Textual Reproduction as Surplus Value: Paul on Pleasing Christ and Spouses, in Light of Simone de Beauvoir
8. Roland Boer, Julia Kristeva, Marx and the Singularity of Paul
9. Jennifer Bird, Rosemary Hennessy and the Circumscribed Symptomatic Symbolism of 1 Peter’s Haustafel

This is a fine collection of articles that integrate Marxism, feminism, and biblical studies. All the articles demonstrate the difficulties involved in such an endeavour but also show its great value. … Special mention needs to be made of the article by Cadwallader. It was difficult reading but profoundly illuminating, portraying Jesus as radically questioning the imperial hegemony of his day. Mark Sneed, The Bible and Critical Theory.