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Frederick E. Greenspahn

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780814732182

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814732182.001.0001

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Jewish Feminist Approaches to the Bible

Jewish Feminist Approaches to the Bible

(p.25) 1 Jewish Feminist Approaches to the Bible
Women and Judaism

Esther Fuchs

NYU Press

This chapter provides an overview of Jewish feminist approaches to the Bible, including work that has already been done, as well as a map of trajectories for future research. It shows that while Jewish feminist readings of the Bible are diverse and often indistinguishable from non-Jewish readings, they have a unique interpretive philosophy. Most apparent is the understanding that the Hebrew Bible is not merely the first act in a two act play but rather the full drama. The text is both endorsed and rejected by feminist readers, but in either case it is not considered to be inferior to a sequel or second set of scriptures. The chapter outlines the ways in which recuperation and resistance feed each other as major trends in Jewish feminist interpretation. Neither of these approaches is more or less authentically Jewish. Both can be discerned in biblical and postbiblical scholarship and emerge in creative readings, in feminist midrash, and in modern Hebrew literature. As such, they testify to the ongoing dialogue within Jewish feminist studies in general.

Keywords:   Hebrew Bible, Jewish feminist scholars, Jewish women, Jews

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