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Women and Gender in the Bible
Texts, Intersections, Intertexts
Zanne Domoney-Lyttle, Sarah Nicholson

This volume has its origins in a conference entitled ‘Women and Gender in the Bible and the Ancient World’ (University of Glasgow, 2019), a symposium with a deliberately broad scope to encourage fresh research that might transcend already-defined categories. With responses from both emerging and established academics, as well as professionals outside the academy, this collection offers a breadth of explorations of the gendered landscapes and horizons that construct, and subvert, biblical womanhood, and its reception. Familiar figures such as Mary Magdalene, Eve, and Tamar are treated alongside unnamed women whose anonymity is revealing.  
   
Exploring a range of performances from ritual to resistance, and from storytelling to sex work, the contributors aim to capture connections between biblical figures and their socio-political worlds, their afterlives and reworkings, and their continued resonances for today’s readers and scholars of the Bible. Questions are raised about gendered status, transformation, territorialization and oppression of biblical women: the significance and complexity of their relationships within and outwith the texts that both constitute their confinements and provoke new lineages.  
   
Women and Gender in the Bible offers challenging perspectives on our understanding of how we can establish creative transactions between ancient patriarchal cultures and modern post-industrial cultures via counter-readings, misreadings and outraged readings. Casting off the intolerable weight of hundreds of years of androcentric reception is both a starting point and an ultimate goal. 


Series: Bible in the Modern World, 77
9781914490071 hardback
Publication December 2021

Contents
INTRODUCTION:
WHAT IS A WOMAN?
CONTESTED IDENTITIES IN THE BIBLE
Zanne Domoney-Lyttle and Sarah Nicholson

Part I
TEXTS

WOMEN, RITUAL, AND BELIEF IN JOHN’S GOSPEL
Susan Miller
‘SHE HAS DONE A BEAUTIFUL THING TO ME’:
HOW THE DEED OF THE UNNAMED WOMAN IN MARK 14.1-11
BECAME A PART OF THE GOSPEL PROCLAMATION
Juan Cruz
BAKING FOR THE QUEEN OF HEAVEN:
THE EPISODE OF JEREMIAH 44 AS AN ACT OF RESISTANCE
Claire E. Carroll
PREACHING THE UNNUMBERED WOMEN
Fiona J. Reynolds

Part II
INTERSECTIONS

UNNAMED WOMEN IN THE HEBREW BIBLE
Christie J. Gilfeather
THE GREAT WHORE AND THE BEAST:
EXPLORING THE SEXUALIZATION AND DEMONIZATION
OF WOMEN AND ANIMALS IN THE BIBLE
Stephanie Roberts
JACOB: A (DRAG) KING AMONGST PATRIARCHS
Jo Henderson-Merrygold

Part III
INTERTEXTS

CONSTRUCTING ‘THE PROSTITUTE’:
MASTERS AND JOHNSON COULD LEARN SOMETHING FROM TAMAR
Sarah Nicholson
AUTONOMY, AMBIGUITY AND SEX WORKER LIBERATION:
RESISTING THE POLITICS OF IN/DECENCY
WITH A QUEER COMPOSITE MARY MAGDALENE
Benedikta Fones
‘REMEMBERING SEEMS A HOLY THING’:
FEMALE STORYTELLING AND THEOLOGICAL EXPLORATION
IN ANITA DIAMANT’S THE RED TENT
Ann-Marie Edwards
‘THOSE WHO PLOUGH INIQUITY AND SOW TROUBLE REAP THE SAME’:
AN EXPLORATION INTO BLAME-SHIFTING CULTURE IN THE HEBREW BIBLE
Sara Stone