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With Eyes of Flesh: The Bible, Gender and Human Rights

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Carole Fontaine, well known among biblical scholars for her feminist studies in the biblical wisdom traditions and the ancient Near East, is also a human rights and interfaith activist working on issues of violence against Muslim women in the Middle East and Southern Asia and a board member of many agencies such as the International Network for the Rights of Female Victims of Violence in Pakistan, and the Women’s Forum against Fundamentalism in Iran.

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Carole Fontaine, well known among biblical scholars for her feminist studies in the biblical wisdom traditions and the ancient Near East, is also a human rights and interfaith activist working on issues of violence against Muslim women in the Middle East and Southern Asia and a board member of many agencies such as the International Network for the Rights of Female Victims of Violence in Pakistan, and the Women’s Forum against Fundamentalism in Iran.

In this collection of her essays, mostly previously unpublished, she brings together these two concerns, distilling from the scriptures of Judaism, Christianity and Islam valuable insights into current questions of human rights. Unlike many writers, Fontaine recognizes the critical role of gender in the fundamental concept of the ‘Other’, so determinative for our view of humanity.

In our days, Fontaine argues, human rights issues have taken on a new dimension in political discourse about war, peace and terror, where often an appeal is made to religious and scriptural justifications for the violation or preservation of rights. Fontaine urges attention to the priority of the sufferer in adjudicating meaning, and turns to the ‘little texts’ of daily ethics rather than grand theological abstractions in order to place ‘scriptures’ in meaningful conversation with the concrete realities of our world.

This is the second volume of the Amsterdam Studies in the Bible and Religion (ed. Athalya Brenner), a sub-series of the Bible in the Moden World.

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Table of Contents

1. ‘With Eyes of Flesh’ (Job 10.4): Toward a Concept of Human Rights in the Bible and the Ancient Near East
2. Gendering the Captive: Representations of the Abuse of Human Dignity
3. The Body Breached: Intimations of Human Dignity
4. Reading for the Best: Toward Diversity in Interpretation
5. The Abusive Bible: On the Use of Feminist Method in Pastoral Contexts
6. ‘Many Devices’ (Qoheleth 7.23–8.1): Qoheleth, Misogyny, and the 'Malleus maleficarum'
7. ‘Come, Lie with Me!’: The Mythology of Honor Killings and Female Desire in Biblical Israel and the Ancient Near East
8. You Shall Not Stand Idly By

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Author
Carole R. Fontaine
List Price
£50 / $95 / €65
Series
Bible in the Modern World, 10
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£25 / $47.50 / €32.50
ISBN 13 hardback
978-1-905048-54-0
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£19.50 / $29.95 / €25
ISBN 13 Paperback
978-1-905048-55-7
Format
Hardback / Paperback
Page Extent
xxxii + 317
Publication Date
August 2008
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