Women, Ideology and Violence

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A&C Black, Jan 1, 2006 - Religion - 148 pages
Cheryl Anderson examines the laws relating to women that are found in the Book of the Covenant and the Deuteronomic law. She argues that the laws can be divided into those that treat women similarly to men (defined as 'inclusive' laws) and those that treat women differently ('exclusive' laws). She then suggests that the exclusive laws, which construct gender as male dominance/female subordination, do not just describe violence against women but are inherently violent toward women. As a non-historical critique of ideology, critical theory is used to offer analytical insights that have significant implications for understanding gender constructions in both ancient and contemporary settings.
 

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Contents

Chapter
4
Previous Research on the Role of Biblical Law
10
Methodological Considerations
17
Exclusive Laws
36
Conclusions
48
The Legitimation of Identity
72
LAW GENDER AND VIOLENCE
77
Conclusions
98
Biblical Interpretation in a Culture of Violence Against Women
110
Appendix A
118
Appendix B
126
Index of References
143
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Cheryl Anderson is Old Testament professor at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary and a Methodist Minister. Previously she was a practicing attorney in Washington, D.C. Her other books include 'Women, Idelogy and Violence' (T&T Clark, 2004).