Her Master's Tools?: Feminist And Postcolonial Engagements of Historical-critical Discourse

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Caroline Vander Stichele, Todd C. Penner
BRILL, 2005 - Social Science - 390 pages
This collection of essays, originating in the SBL International Meetings in Berlin (2002) and Cambridge (2003), explores the current reception of historical criticism in feminist biblical studies, pushing the boundaries of past study and opening new vistas for future research. By framing the discussion in the context of the current reevaluation of both historical criticism and feminist exegesis, the contributors highlight the ongoing need to engage methodological issues. In addition, a strong postcolonial emphasis throughout the volume challenges the hegemony of Western biblical interpretation, promoting a format of dialogue and engagement. The collection brings together diverse cultural and geographical perspectives on biblical criticism, with over ten countries represented. Consisting of Western and non-Western perspectives, female and male scholars, junior and senior voices in the field, and a range of feminist scholars situated alongside postcolonial and gender critics, this collection reveals not only the multiplicity of perspectives but also the various transitions in scholarship that have taken place over the past thirty years. Volume contributors include Roland Boer, Athalya Brenner, Ann Graham Brock, Kristin De Troyer, Esther Fuchs, Archie Chi Chung Lee, Joseph Marchal, John Marshall, Hjamil Martinez-Vazquez, Madipoane Masenya (ngwana' Mphahlele), Judith McKinlay, Priscilla Geisterfer Nyvlt, Jorunn Okland, Todd Penner, Vernon Robbins, Susanne Scholz, Hanna Stenstrom, and Caroline Vander Stichele. "Paperback edition is available from the Society of Biblical Literature (www.sbl-site.org)."
 

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Contents

Mastering the Tools or Retooling the Masters? The Legacy of HistoricalCritical Discourse
1
Unfulfilled Promises and Remaining Possibilities
31
Tandoori Reindeer and the Limitations of Historical Criticism
47
Imagination as a Resource in the Development of Biblical Interpretation
71
Postcolonialism and the Practice of History
93
The Rhetorical FullTurn in Biblical Interpretation and Its Relevance for Feminist Hermeneutics
109
Engaging the DialogueDance between Elisabeth Schussler Fiorenza and Vernon Robbins
129
Following Orders Given by Old Joshua
145
On the Absence of Feminist Criticism of EzraNehemiah
233
Scribal Blunder or Textual Plunder? Codex Bezae TextualRhetorical Analysis and the Diminished Role of Women
253
A Feminist Analysis of the Rhetorics of Scholarship Philippians and Current Contexts
265
Paul and the Rhetoric of Gender
287
Why Cant the Heavenly Miss Jerusalem Just Shut Up?
311
Babies and Bathwater on the Road
333
Bibliography
339
Index of Primary Sources
375

What Have I to Do with Them?
159
Their Hermeneutics Was Strange Ours Is a Necessity Rereading Vashti as AfricanSouth African Women
179
Reading Lamentations
195
Theory Method and the Book of Ruth
211

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Caroline Vander Stichele, STD and Ph.D. in Religious Studies (1992), Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, is Universitair Docent in Religious Studies at the University of Amsterdam in the Netherlands. Todd Penner, Ph.D. in New Testament and Early Christianity (2000), Emory University, is Associate Professor of Religion at Austin College in Sherman, Texas. Penner and Vander Stichele are the editors of Contextualizing Acts: Lukan Narrative and Greco-Roman Discourse (SBL/Brill).

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