Doing Biblical Masculinity Studies as Feminist Biblical Studies? Critical Interrogations
This anthology presents a collaborative interrogation at the intersection of feminist biblical studies and biblical masculinity studies. The included essays make a compelling case for both feminist and masculist readers to recognize the advantage of engaging with each other.
This anthology presents a collaborative interrogation at the intersection of feminist biblical studies and biblical masculinity studies. The included essays make a compelling case for both feminist and masculist readers to recognize the advantage of engaging with each other. As they join forces, they produce research that not only brings female characters, gender issues or queer interpretation histories to the forefront but also interrogates critically male characters as well as androcentric and heteronormative conventions, viewpoints and norms. Connections to geopolitical, ethno-religious and other intersectional issues are part and parcel of the diverse range of approaches.
As a whole, then, the book expands the scholarly discourse from essentializing attention on ‘women’ or ‘men’ to a multifaceted (de)construction of gender that exposes gendered structures of domination in comprehensive ways. The shared goal is to halt reactionary gender discourses and to foster intersectional comprehension of texts and scholarship. Theoretical, historical, contemporary and textual considerations underscore the methodological, hermeneutical and exegetical value of this kind of work.
The volume is organized into three main parts. First, ‘Theoretical Considerations’, presents two essays illuminating meta-level assumptions and developments when biblical scholars embrace the interrelationship of feminist and masculinity studies in their work. Second, ‘Historical and Contemporary Considerations’, contains three essays examining the Bible in past and present cultural contexts. Third, ‘Textual Considerations’, features four essays focusing on specific passages with lenses informed by masculinity and feminist studies. All nine essays, and the three responses addressing them, invite readers to understand, critique and interrupt phallogocentric assumptions in texts, interpretation histories, and research of the Hebrew Bible.
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Introduction: Interrogating Biblical Masculinity Studies
as Feminist Biblical Studies, and Vice Versa
1. Multiple Masculinities Theory in Biblical Studies:
A Feminist Critique
2. The Challenge of Hardcore Androcentrism in the
Writing of a Feminist Commentary on 1 Samuel
Historical and Contemporary Considerations
3. Biblical Warfare and Gendered Heroism
in First-World-War Germany
4. The Rape of Men in the Hebrew Bible, the Syrian
Civil War, and the MeToo Movement
5. Silence of God’s Lambs: Male Rape in the Prophets
and in the Church
6. From Tender Boys to Violent Men in Hosea 1–3:
Deconstructing Masculinity through an Antipodean Lens
7. Exposing Roman Catholic Hegemonic Masculinity:
A Feminist Analysis of Select Commentaries on Isaiah
8. How to Do Things with(out) Men: Feminist Masculinity
Hermeneutics and Ezekiel 8–11
9. How Jael and her Tent Peg Reinforce Hegemonic
Masculinity: A Critical Analysis of Feminist
Interpretations of Judges 4 and 5
10. New Directions for Masculinity Studies:
11. On Critical Masculinity Studies and Feminism
in Biblical Studies
12. Interruption: A Response