Deborah's Daughters: Gender Politics and Biblical Interpretation (Hardback)
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Deborah's Daughters: Gender Politics and Biblical Interpretation (Hardback)

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Hardback 384 Pages / Published: 17/04/2014
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Joy A. Schroeder offers the first in-depth exploration of the biblical story of Deborah, an authoritative judge, prophet, and war leader. For centuries, Deborah's story has challenged readers' traditional assumptions about the place of women in society. Schroeder shows how Deborah's story has fueled gender debates throughout history. An examination of the prophetess's journey through nearly two thousand years of Jewish and Christian interpretation shows how the biblical account of Deborah was deployed against women, for women, and by women who aspired to leadership roles in church and society. Numerous women-and men who supported women's aspirations to leadership-used Deborah's narrative to justify female claims to political and religious authority. Opponents to women's public leadership endeavored to define Deborah's role as ''private'' or argued that she was a divinely authorized exception, not to be emulated by future generations of women. Deborah's Daughters provides crucial new insight into the the history of women in Judaism and Christianity, and into women's past and present roles in the church, synagogue, and society.

Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
ISBN: 9780199991044
Number of pages: 384
Weight: 634 g
Dimensions: 237 x 164 x 33 mm


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A masterpiece-a model of how history of interpretation should be done. Deborah's Daughters is wonderful book that makes available the forgotten history of the interpretation of one of the most important female figures in Scripture accessible for the first time. Schroeder's carefully researched, well-written work is suited to a wide audience of scholars and students and promises to be a great resource for college and seminary courses. * Marion Taylor, Professor of Old Testament, University of Toronto *
A work of this quality must have been the fruit of many years' labour. The breadth and the depth of the scholarship, together with the lightness of its expression, the even-handedness of its exposition, and the clarity of its presentation, make it a real gem. * Adrian Thatcher, Study of Marriage & Spirituality *

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