Sunday, February 1, 2015

Hidden Truths from Eden: Esoteric Interpretations of Genesis 1-3 (Co-editor; Atlanta, GA: SBL, 2014)

Since the sixteenth century CE, the field of biblical studies has focused on the literal meaning of texts. This collection seeks to rectify this oversight by integrating the study of esoteric readings into academic discourse. Case studies focusing on the first three chapters of Genesis cover different periods and methods from early Christian discourse through zoharic, kabbalistic and alchemical literature to modern and post-postmodern approaches.
  • Discussions, comparisons, and analyses of esoteric appropriations of Genesis 1–3
  • Essays on creation myths, gender, fate and free will, the concepts of knowledge, wisdom, and gnosis
  • Responses to papers that provide a range of view points

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Feminist Interpretation of the Hebrew Bible in Retrospect: Social Location (Volume 2) (Editor; Sheffield Phoenix Press, 2014)

This is the second of a set of three volumes reviewing the progress of feminist Hebrew Bible scholarship over the last 40 years. In it, fourteen essayists focus on the feminist work from various geographical areas and different hermeneutical locations.

Each essay explores the range and depth of feminist exegesis, presents substantial yet easily digestible trends, preferences and perspectives in feminist scholarship, and demonstrates that feminist biblical approaches are not monolithic but diverse in feminist conviction, hermeneutics and method.

The result of this collaborative task is a comprehensive though selective survey, which includes suggestions for future feminist engagement. What feminist biblical scholarship has accomplished during the past forty years is no small feat. But it becomes clear from this volume that much remains to be done in the pursuit of dismantling structures of gender domination in Hebrew Bible exegesis and beyond.

Susanne Scholz is Professor of Old Testament, Perkins School of Theology, Dallas, Texas.

Series: Recent Research in Biblical Studies, 8
978-1-909697-07-2 hardback
Publication November 2014

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Reflection on Talking about Misogyny Here and Everywhere (December 28, 2014)

"When I am reading online and offline newspapers, I am struck by the constant barrage of articles, editorials, and commentaries about the relentless misogyny in the world.
Some topics seem to have regained visibility.  One of them is the issue of sexual violence and rape...."

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