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Patriarchs, Prophets and Other Villains takes as a starting point the hermeneutics of suspicion, throws in queer theory and blazes like a meteor; it throws light into corners and exposes the edges of discourses long perceived to be closed and tightly bounded. The book illustrates the way in which texts and interpretations have been manipulated for the purpose of power and control and through radical and playful counter readings it boldly challenges both the power and the control. The articles consider ways in which the female divine has been pushed back due to relentless male interpretation and misrepresentation yet how a thread that can be woven into a tapestry of rebellion remains. Carol Christ reminds us how even liberation theology has not been blameless in the eradication of the female divine. When the authors turn their attention to great figures of the bible the results are explosive. Ken Stone taking a queer glance at the sadomasochistic relationship between God and Jeremiah and Marcella Althaus-Reid inviting us to look at the postcolonial Rahab using cruising as a hermeneutical technique. Other counter readings open up the possibility of sexual hospitality as one important part of hospitality within the Hebrew Scriptures and the Song of Songs as a challenge to heteropatriarchy. This book was conceived as a useful resource for students who need to read different perspectives and as a challenge to those who wish to use narrow readings as a power base for hierarchies of exclusion.
Table of Contents
List of Contributors
Asherah, the Tree of Life and the Menorah: Continuity of a Goddess Symbol in Judaism?
The Road Not Taken: The Rejection of Goddesses in Judaism and Christianity
'Dealing with a Jealous God': Letting go of Monotheism and 'Doing' Sacrality
The 'Torafaction' of Wisdom in Ben Sira
Sarah: Villain or Patriarchal Pawn?
Huldah's Scroll: A Pagan Reading
'You Seduced Me, You Overpowered Me, and You Prevailed': Religious Experience and Homoerotic Sadomasochism in Jeremiah
The Monstrosity of David
Searching for a Queer Sophia-Wisdom: The Post-Colonial Rahab
Taste and See; A Midrash on Genesis 3:6 and 3:12
'Eat, Friends, Drink. Be Drunk With Love' [Song of Songs 5:2]. A Reflection
Sexual Hospitality in the Hebrew Bible: Patriarchal Lineage or Matriarchal Rebellion?
Culture Clash in Sodom: Patriarchal Tales of Heroes, Villains and Manipulation
Index of Biblical References
Index of Authors
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