By Elizabeth Fiorenza
DO women and men learn the Scriptures another way? Do they carry various matters and presuppositions to the textual content, use various tools? learn with various eyes? and may they? those are a few of the easy questions addressed during this booklet. looking the Scriptures is a feminist advent, and it differs from any ebook in that style ever written. It charts a complete method of feminist interpretation and prepares the way in which for a moment quantity so one can have interaction in severe feminist remark at the Christian testomony and different early Christian writings. The two-volume statement venture grew out of a five-year-long sequence of discussions within the "Women within the Biblical international" element of the Society of Biblical Literature, concerning feminist students from worldwide. Their objective used to be to discover the ambivalent feminist legacy of Elizabeth Cady Stanton's The Woman's Bible, the centenary of which falls in 1995. Like that quantity, looking out the Scriptures underlines the political personality of biblical interpretation. notwithstanding, it doesn't undertake the conceptual and methodological procedure of The Woman's Bible, nor, like one other fresh research, does it restrict its theoretical concentration to gender. really, it seeks to be inclusive, ecumenical and multicultural. It brings jointly the simplest in modern feminist biblical and old stories to discover serious problems with point of view, procedure and communique. this primary quantity explores the various aspects of feminist hermeneutics, outlines modes of enquiry and theological techniques, samples the historical past of interpretation by way of girls, and indicates attainable methods ahead for feminist bible study for either worship and educating. ELISABETH SCHUSSLER FIORENZA is the Krister Stendahl Professor of Harvard Divinity university and the 1st girl president of the Society of Biblical Literature.
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26. Anna Julia Cooper, A Voice From the South (Xenia, OH: The Aldine Printing House, 1892; reprint, The Schomburg Library of Nineteenth-Century Black Women Writers; New York: Oxford University Press, 1988), 120-23. 27. , 134. 28. Mary Helen Washington, "Introduction;' in A Voice from the South, xlvii. 29. Elizabeth A. Clark, Ascetic Piety and Women's Faith: Essays on LAte Ancient Christianity, Studies in Women and Religion 20 (Lewiston: Edwin Mellen Press, 1986), 135. 30. , 143. Transforming the Legacy 23 31.
M. Levering (Stony Brook: State University of New York Press, 1989),2. 22. Claudia V. Camp, "Female Voice, Written Word: Women and Authority in Hebrew Scripture;' in Embodied Love: Sensuality and Relationship as Feminist Values, ed. P. M. Cooey, S. Farmer, and M. E. Ross (San Francisco: Harper & Row, 1987), 97-114. 23. For such a four-dimensional feminist model of interpretation, see my Bread Not Stone: The Challenge of Feminist Biblical Interpretation (Boston: Beacon Press, 1984). 24. For instance, Lone Fatum criticizes the project of a feminist reconstruction in terms of such a positivist understanding of androcentric language ("Women, Symbolic Universe and Structures of Silence: Challenges and Possibilities in Androcentric Texts;' Studia Theologica 43 : 61-80).
In whom, however, can we trust with more submission than in the God of truth who assures us that the perfection of the universe depended on the creation of woman who was the last of his works as well as their coronation? (She was it) in such a way that without this excellent creature, the world would not have gained the complete extension of its beauty and loveliness. 31 • The continuity of European women's countertradition of biblical interpretation from the Middle Ages to modern times is evident.
Searching the Scriptures, Vol. 1: A Feminist Introduction by Elizabeth Fiorenza