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The Feminist and the Bible: Hermeneutical Alternatives

Carolyn Osiek
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 53, No 4 | a1753 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v53i4.1753 | © 1997 Carolyn Osiek | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 14 December 1997 | Published: 14 December 1997

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Carolyn Osiek, Department of Biblical Literature Catholic Theological Union, Chicago, USA Visiting Professor: Department of New Testament Studies (Sec A) University of Pretoria, South Africa

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Amid the varieties of feminist interpretive methods in biblical scholarship, this article suggests a general typology of approaches: rejection of the claims of biblical authority; acceptance of those claims with critique of oppressive interpretations; revisionism, which holds to the possibility of reconstructing the lost experience of women in the texts; reliance on symbol and image of the feminine to convey meaning; and finally, the liberation critique of oppressive structures. An appreciation and critique is offered for each alternative.


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