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  • Paperback: 528 pages
  • Publisher: Westminster John Knox Press; Expanded edition (May 1, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 066425781X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0664257811
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.3 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
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The past two decades have seen the growth of feminist biblical studies into a significant force within biblical scholarship. This landmark work brings the fruits of these labors together into a single fascinating collection. Like previous single-volume commentaries, this provides introduction and comments on each book of the Protestant Bible (with a brief treatment of the apocryphal writings). Unlike the others, however, this work is not a traditional commentary, which entails explaining the whole of each biblical book. Rather, the writers focus on "portions . . . that deal explicitly with female characters and symbols . . . and sections that bear upon the condition of women generally." Although the contributors share this goal, they take different paths. In addition to the commentary itself, there are helpful essays on feminist hermeneutics and daily life in biblical times. This commentary will raise eyebrows, and it will raise consciousness as well. It will not be well received in all quarters, but it is essential for those who are seriously interested in biblical and feminist studies. Recommended for seminary, university, and public libraries.
- Craig W. Beard, Univ. of Alabama at Birmingham Lib.
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'This commentary will raise eyebrows, and it will raise consciousness as well.' Library Journal --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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36 of 39 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 17, 1999
Format: Paperback
Contrary to what some may believe from the title, the Women's Bible Commentary does not show favoritism. It simply addresses individual needs/issues and/or individual audiences -- and it does so in a manner that is at least as fair, honest, and genuinely scholarly as most other one-volume Bible commentaries. Of hundreds of Bible commentaries that we have in the BibleTexts Online Commentary library, not one is so absolutely exhaustive that it includes everything that all of the other commentaries have. Each commentary includes material that its editors consider to be most important within the commentary's intended own scope and within their own editorial perspective -- whether that commentary is a one volume commentary of the entire Bible, a multi-volume commentary of a single book of the Bible, or a multi-volume commentary of the entire Bible. The Women's Bible Commentary not only includes much of the same basic information found in other high quality one-volume commentaries, but it also provides valid information and valuable insights that are not found in other commentaries. It is an excellent biblical commentary worthy of inclusion in any Bible student's library.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Erik Young on December 2, 2005
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This is my go-to commentary for all of my seminary work. As a man who has been steeped in a tradition of male-dominated interpretation of scripture this is volume is a breath of fresh air. One is remiss to deny the scholarship of this collection. With contributors like Amy-Jill Levine, Jouette Bassler, Mary Ann Tolbert, and the editor Carol Newsom you are presented with some of the greatest feminist theologians alive. The contributors skillfully employ literary, historical, and redaction criticism in studying the texts to help flesh out the place and role of women in the story of God's people.

This should be in the library of any real student of the bible.

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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 17, 1999
Format: Hardcover
Contrary to what some may believe from the title, the Women's Bible Commentary does not show favoritism. It simply addresses individual needs/issues and/or individual audiences -- and it does so in a manner that is at least as fair, honest, and genuinely scholarly as most other one-volume Bible commentaries. Of hundreds of Bible commentaries that we have in the BibleTexts Online Commentary library, not one is so absolutely exhaustive that it includes everything that all of the other commentaries have. Each commentary includes material that its editors consider to be most important within the commentary's intended own scope and within their own editorial perspective -- whether that commentary is a one volume commentary of the entire Bible, a multi-volume commentary of a single book of the Bible, or a multi-volume commentary of the entire Bible. The Women's Bible Commentary not only includes much of the same basic information found in other high quality one-volume commentaries, but it also provides valid information and valuable insights that are not found in other commentaries. It is an excellent biblical commentary worthy of inclusion in any Bible student's library.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Lisa notes... on March 17, 2012
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Some things I like about this commentary; some I don't. I do appreciate the great details of cultural facts it provides for each book of the Bible. Because it deals specifically with the female characters in the Bible, it has space to contain interesting tidbits you don't necessarily get in full in other commentaries.

It explains things such as the conditions of women's legal status for each time period, their position in the family, how religion affected their relationships inside and outside the home, etc.

I also found the special sections valuable: "Everyday Life: Women in the Period of the Hebrew Bible" and "Women in the Period of the New Testament."

But what I don't like about this book is the pro-feminist, anti-male attitude I pick up occasionally. Now and again it implies intentions from the biblical authors that I don't agree with. For instance, it insinuates from how Luke relays his stories that he is intentionally trying to undermine women. I find no evidence to prove such an opinion.

Would I recommend you get this commentary? Yes, if you can approach it discerningly.
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20 of 27 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 3, 1998
Format: Hardcover
Since most commentaries are written by men, it was a pleasure to read women's views. This has been needed for a long time. The book was written for a laywoman to understand and to learn from.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Barnard Rollit VINE VOICE on November 18, 2008
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I've only begun dipping into this book, but so far it has presented an interesting perspective of women, by women, on and towards the Bible. As I read more, perhaps I'll expand on this.

For basic investigative purposes I recommend getting a nice used copy of this edition, and if it suits then invest in the latest edition.
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This collection of critical essays brings together some of the finest examples of feminist biblical scholarship available anywhere. Consistently illuminating and often challenging, it's an indispensible sourcebook for serious bible study.
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