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Feminist Biblical Theology
Edited by Patricia K. Tull and Jacqueline E. Lapsley
After Exegesis frames an inclusive feminist biblical theology, exploring creation, providence, divine judgment, salvation, praise, justice, authority, inclusion, the “other,” moral agency, suffering, violence, reconciliation, flourishing, and hope. Each chapter places multiple related biblical texts in dialogue around a common theological concern. In so doing, this work exemplifies a central feminist claim: that bringing two or more texts, often born of different contexts, into conversation with each other generates a productive tension that transcends the dominant theological tradition.
After Exegesis thus underscores the fact that the context for feminist biblical theology must be understood more broadly than it has been traditionally construed. The volume demonstrates feminist theology fulfilling this promised breadth, while also staking a claim to the future: theology must attend to humanity’s interdependent connectedness to the rest of creation and to such realities as human embodiment, suffering, oppression, hope, and the multivocal nature of truth.
1. Introduction: Wisdom Rebuilds Her House
Jacqueline E. Lapsley and Patricia K. Tull
2. Jobs and Benefits in Genesis 1 and 2: A Feminist Biblical Theology of Creation
Patricia K. Tull
3. Women’s Doings in Ruth: A Feminist Biblical Theology of Providence
Eunny P. Lee
4. Job and the Hidden Face of God: A Feminist Biblical Theology of Divine Judgment
5. Embodiment in Isaiah 51–52 and Psalm 62: A Feminist Biblical Theology of Salvation
Katie M. Heffelfinger
6. Reading Psalm 146 in the Wild: A Feminist Biblical Theology of Praise
Jacqueline E. Lapsley
7. Woman Wisdom and Her Friends: A Feminist Biblical Theology of Justice
Anne W. Stewart
8. When Esther and Jezebel Write: A Feminist Biblical Theology of Authority
Cameron B. R. Howard
9. Miriam, Moses, and Aaron in Numbers 12 and 20: A Feminist Biblical Theology Concerning Exclusion
10. Be Kind to Strangers, but Kill the Canaanites: A Feminist Biblical Theology of the Other
11. Rahab and Esther in Distress: A Feminist Biblical Theology of Moral Agency
Sarah J. Melcher
12. The Traumatized “I” in Psalm 102: A Feminist Biblical Theology of Suffering
Amy C. Cottrill
13. “Missing Women” in Judges 19–21: A Feminist Biblical Theology Concerning Violence against Women
Jo Ann Hackett
14. Zechariah’s Gendered Visions: A Feminist Biblical Theology of Reconciliation
Ingrid E. Lilly
15. Path and Possession in Proverbs 1–9: A Feminist Biblical Theology of Flourishing
Christine Roy Yoder
16. Counterimagination in Isaiah 65 and Daniel 12: A Feminist Biblical Theology of Hope
Amy C. Merrill Willis
“After Exegesis is sure to become a standard and much-cited work, both for its clarity of method in feminist biblical theology and for the excellence of the individual contributions to major themes of the theological tradition.”
—Katharine Doob Sakenfeld, Emerita, Princeton Theological Seminary
"The array of theological themes explored includes creation, providence, divine judgment, salvation, praise, justice, authority, inclusion, the 'other,' moral agency, suffering, violence, reconciliation, flourishing, and hope. All the essays are well written and insightful, and together they confirm that 'the Bible in general and the Old Testament in particular, when examined closely, are more amenable than one might think to feminist thought' (p. 3)."
—Frances Taylor Gench, Interpretation: Journal of Bible and Theology
"A theologically rich tribute to Emory Professor Carol Newsom whose dedication to dialogical and feminist biblical scholarship continues to shape and inspire current and new generations of biblical theologians.”
—Dennis Olson, Charles T. Haley Professor of Old Testament Theology, Princeton Theological Seminary
"This volume is remarkably even in literary style, exegetical solidness, and imaginative interpretation…After Exegesis is worthy of purchase and study by any interested in the important work of biblical interpretation."
—W. Eugene March, Horizons in Biblical Theology
“This is a remarkable volume: well designed, edited, and executed; both thorough and comprehensive, learned and mature; and beautifully written on top of it all. Perhaps the highest compliment I could pay the book is that it is an altogether worthy tribute to its honoree, the leading scholar of her generation, Carol A. Newsom.”
—Brent A. Strawn, Professor of Old Testament, Emory University
Patricia K. Tull is A. B. Rhodes Professor Emerita of Old Testament at Louisville Presbyterian Seminary.
Jacqueline E. Lapsley is Associate Professor of Old Testament at Princeton Theological Seminary.