Searching the Scriptures, vol. 1

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Searching the Scriptures, vol. 1

A Feminist Introduction

Recognized as a landmark in biblical interpretation, this first volume of Searching the Scriptures shares the insight of women scholars from around the world, empowering readers with an incisive understanding of the historical and sociopolitical issues involved in feminist critical analysis.

Reviews and endorsements

"Women's history has few celebrations uniquely its own. This work, published to honor the centennial of Elizabeth Cady Stanton’s The Woman’s Bible, provides such an occasion for the female academic community . . . Schüssler Fiorenza (Harvard Divinity School) . . . indicates a clear path between totally rejecting Scripture for its patriarchy and simply selecting from the Bible what suits the purposes of feminism. Instead, Fiorenza sets the stage for a hermeneutic of both suspicion and revision, which one hopes will be continued in the forthcoming volume. Her interpretation pulls from Christian history, Liberation theology, and ecumenism as she calls on white and nonwhite women to give such issues as racism, native cultures, economics and  religion depth and context. Academic in tone and well footnoted, this work is definitely aimed at a scholarly audience, for whom it is highly recommended."
Sandra Collins, Library Journal

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"A major scholarly work."
Daughters of Sarah

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"An invaluable reference text."
Louvain Studies

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"Deserves wide readership."
Choice

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"Pastors and laypeople without access to specialized theological libraries can, with these two volumes, have a superb overview and resource for feminist biblical studies."
Anglican Theological Review

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"A landmark in feminist scholarship, a benchmark for scripture studies, and an achievement in collaboration and quality, these marvelous books set a new direction in feminist scripture study."
WATERwheel (Women’s Alliance for Theology, Ethics and Ritual)

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"As Schüssler Fiorenza puts it, 'this volume attempts to chart a comprehensive approach to feminist interpretation,' and that is exactly what it does. Part one ('Charting Interpretation from Different Sociohistorical Locations') includes essays by E. Gössmann, K. Baker-Fletcher, C. De Swarte Gifford, R. N. Brock, T. Okure, and A.M, Isasi-Díaz. Part two ('Changing Patriarchal Blueprints: Creating Feminist Frames of Meaning') includes essays by K. Pui-Lan, J. Plaskow, C. Devens-Green, M. A. May, L. H. Meyer, C. V. Camp, and l. Gebara. Part three ('Scrutinizing the Master's Tools: Rethinking Critical Methods') includes essays by E. A. Castelli, M. Fander, B. Kahl, E. S. Malbon , J. C. Anderson, M. A. Tolben, B. H. Geller Nathanson, and K. J. Torjesen. The concluding part ('Transforming the Master's House: Building a "Room of Our Own”’) features essays by M. Procter-Smith, K.G. Cannon, A. M. Cheek, L. Troeh, and K. O’Brien Wicker. Despite its predominantly Christian and heterosexual emphases, no serious biblical interpreter should neglect to study this volume."
Fred W. Burnett, Reference Services Review

"Women's history has few celebrations uniquely its own. This work, published to honor the centennial of Elizabeth Cady Stanton’s The Woman’s Bible, provides such an occasion for the female academic community . . . Schüssler Fiorenza (Harvard Divinity School) . . . indicates a clear path between totally rejecting Scripture for its patriarchy and simply selecting from the Bible what suits the purposes of feminism. Instead, Fiorenza sets the stage for a hermeneutic of both suspicion and revision, which one hopes will be continued in the forthcoming volume. Her interpretation pulls from Christian history, Liberation theology, and ecumenism as she calls on white and nonwhite women to give such issues as racism, native cultures, economics and  religion depth and context. Academic in tone and well footnoted, this work is definitely aimed at a scholarly audience, for whom it is highly recommended."
Sandra Collins, Library Journal

,

"A major scholarly work."
Daughters of Sarah

,

"An invaluable reference text."
Louvain Studies

,

"Deserves wide readership."
Choice

,

"Pastors and laypeople without access to specialized theological libraries can, with these two volumes, have a superb overview and resource for feminist biblical studies."
Anglican Theological Review

,

"A landmark in feminist scholarship, a benchmark for scripture studies, and an achievement in collaboration and quality, these marvelous books set a new direction in feminist scripture study."
WATERwheel (Women’s Alliance for Theology, Ethics and Ritual)

,

"As Schüssler Fiorenza puts it, 'this volume attempts to chart a comprehensive approach to feminist interpretation,' and that is exactly what it does. Part one ('Charting Interpretation from Different Sociohistorical Locations') includes essays by E. Gössmann, K. Baker-Fletcher, C. De Swarte Gifford, R. N. Brock, T. Okure, and A.M, Isasi-Díaz. Part two ('Changing Patriarchal Blueprints: Creating Feminist Frames of Meaning') includes essays by K. Pui-Lan, J. Plaskow, C. Devens-Green, M. A. May, L. H. Meyer, C. V. Camp, and l. Gebara. Part three ('Scrutinizing the Master's Tools: Rethinking Critical Methods') includes essays by E. A. Castelli, M. Fander, B. Kahl, E. S. Malbon , J. C. Anderson, M. A. Tolben, B. H. Geller Nathanson, and K. J. Torjesen. The concluding part ('Transforming the Master's House: Building a "Room of Our Own”’) features essays by M. Procter-Smith, K.G. Cannon, A. M. Cheek, L. Troeh, and K. O’Brien Wicker. Despite its predominantly Christian and heterosexual emphases, no serious biblical interpreter should neglect to study this volume."
Fred W. Burnett, Reference Services Review


9780824517014
Paperback / 416 pages
HERDER & HERDER, 1997

Dimensions: 6 x 9 1/4