Women and Gender in the Bible: Texts, Intersections, Intertexts
This volume has its origins in a conference entitled ‘Women and Gender in the Bible and the Ancient World’ (University of Glasgow, 2019), a symposium with a deliberately broad scope to encourage fresh research that might transcend already-defined categories.
This volume has its origins in a conference entitled ‘Women and Gender in the Bible and the Ancient World’ (University of Glasgow, 2019), a symposium with a deliberately broad scope to encourage fresh research that might transcend already-defined categories. With responses from both emerging and established academics, as well as professionals outside the academy, this collection offers a breadth of explorations of the gendered landscapes and horizons that construct, and subvert, biblical womanhood, and its reception. Familiar figures such as Mary Magdalene, Eve, and Tamar are treated alongside unnamed women whose anonymity is revealing.
Exploring a range of performances from ritual to resistance, and from storytelling to sex work, the contributors aim to capture connections between biblical figures and their socio-political worlds, their afterlives and reworkings, and their continued resonances for today’s readers and scholars of the Bible. Questions are raised about gendered status, transformation, territorialization and oppression of biblical women: the significance and complexity of their relationships within and outwith the texts that both constitute their confinements and provoke new lineages.
Women and Gender in the Bible offers challenging perspectives on our understanding of how we can establish creative transactions between ancient patriarchal cultures and modern post-industrial cultures via counter-readings, misreadings and outraged readings. Casting off the intolerable weight of hundreds of years of androcentric reception is both a starting point and an ultimate goal.
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INTRODUCTION: WHAT IS A WOMAN? CONTESTED IDENTITIES IN THE BIBLE Zanne Domoney-Lyttle and Sarah Nicholson Part I TEXTS WOMEN, RITUAL, AND BELIEF IN JOHN’S GOSPEL Susan Miller ‘SHE HAS DONE A BEAUTIFUL THING TO ME’: HOW THE DEED OF THE UNNAMED WOMAN IN MARK 14.1-11 BECAME A PART OF THE GOSPEL PROCLAMATION Juan Cruz BAKING FOR THE QUEEN OF HEAVEN: THE EPISODE OF JEREMIAH 44 AS AN ACT OF RESISTANCE Claire E. Carroll PREACHING THE UNNUMBERED WOMEN Fiona J. Reynolds Part II INTERSECTIONS UNNAMED WOMEN IN THE HEBREW BIBLE Christie J. Gilfeather THE GREAT WHORE AND THE BEAST: EXPLORING THE SEXUALIZATION AND DEMONIZATION OF WOMEN AND ANIMALS IN THE BIBLE Stephanie Roberts JACOB: A (DRAG) KING AMONGST PATRIARCHS Jo Henderson-Merrygold Part III INTERTEXTS CONSTRUCTING ‘THE PROSTITUTE’: MASTERS AND JOHNSON COULD LEARN SOMETHING FROM TAMAR Sarah Nicholson AUTONOMY, AMBIGUITY AND SEX WORKER LIBERATION: RESISTING THE POLITICS OF IN/DECENCY WITH A QUEER COMPOSITE MARY MAGDALENE Benedikta Fones ‘REMEMBERING SEEMS A HOLY THING’: FEMALE STORYTELLING AND THEOLOGICAL EXPLORATION IN ANITA DIAMANT’S THE RED TENT Ann-Marie Edwards ‘THOSE WHO PLOUGH INIQUITY AND SOW TROUBLE REAP THE SAME’: AN EXPLORATION INTO BLAME-SHIFTING CULTURE IN THE HEBREW BIBLE Sara Stone