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Sharing Her Word: Feminist Biblical Interpretation in Context Paperback – August 1, 1999

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Schussler Fiorenza (In Memory of Her) capitalizes on her previous works in this volume of feminist biblical interpretation, insisting that it is no longer enough for women to seek integration by entering into a male-dominated academy or church. She argues that "feminist biblical interpretation must position itself within wo/men's struggles for survival and against structures of injustice and exploitation." Her seven chapters center around her interpretations of Wisdom-Sophia (Wisdom is the Old Testament image of the feminine aspect of God, while Sophia is the the corresponding New Testament image) found in the book of Proverbs and the Wisdom of Solomon. For example, reading the Bible in a global context, she contends, is the Public forum of Sophia. She uses the story of the Syrophoenician woman (Mark 7:24; Matthew 15:21-28) and its diverse, often contradictory, interpretations to demonstrate how biblical texts must be scrutinized to determine how they promote a "dehumanizing religious vision that legitimates injustice and oppression." In the course of the book, Schussler Fiorenza also uses the Wisdom-Sophia image as the starting point for her discussions of domestic violence, women's liberation theology and biblical interpretation. This book serves as both a review and introduction to Schussler Fiorenza's other books. As in all her works, her discussion is engaging, provocative and challenging.

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Krister Stendhal Professor of Scripture and Interpretation at Harvard Divinity School and author of Bread Not Stone (LJ 5/1/85), among other works, Fiorenza is a leading biblical scholar, feminist, and theologian. Sharing Her Words provides a critique of feminist biblical interpretations to date, a response to Fiorenza's feminist critics, and a theory of biblical meaning whereby scripture is judged according "to whether it fosters human?that is, wo/men's?well-being." Rejecting both Catholic teaching authority and Protestant scriptural authority as not expressive of "revealed truth given for the sake of wo/men's salvation," she calls for "principled and pragmatic" interpretation relative to various historical contexts and for proclamation of "the Sophia-God of Jesus" as God of all the marginalized. Controversial but important, this is highly recommended for academic and seminary libraries.?Carolyn M. Craft, Longwood Coll., Farmville, VA Kunkel, Thomas.
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