THE ‘SENSE’ OF FEMINIST BIBLICAL SCHOLARSHIP FOR CHURCH AND SOCIETY

Maretha M. Jacobs

Abstract


In trying to identify the possible wider influence of feminist biblical scholarship, two
matters receive attention: the dualisms characteristic of patriarchal culture and
feminist scholars’ questioning and overcoming of these, and the Bible in feminist
discourses. With regard to the former, special attention is paid to the dualism between
mind and body, reason and emotion, which is fundamental to much of mainstream
academic discourse, and to attempts to redefine the knowing subject in the direction of
‘wholeness’. In the section which deals with the Bible in feminist discourses the search
for the one and only meaning of biblical texts and the uncritical reading of texts
oppressive against women are problematised. A few suggestions are then made as to
why the insights of feminist biblical criticism should trancend the boundaries of
academic discourse and how this could happen.

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.7833/80-0-754

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