"A scripture of their own": nineteenth-century Bible biography and feminist Bible criticism.

Styler, Rebecca (2007) "A scripture of their own": nineteenth-century Bible biography and feminist Bible criticism. Christianity and Literature, 57 (1). pp. 65-85. ISSN 0148-3331

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This article considers nineteenth-century precursors of the twentieth-century school of feminist Bible criticism. Through the genre of collective role-model biography, nineteenth-century women writers presented discussions of female Bible characters in ways that addressed contemporary concerns about women's role. The article considers the feminist implications of the biographical genre, and then the biographers' interpretations of Bible women including Eve, Deborah, Jochabed, Miriam, Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of Jesus. Authors discussed include Lucy Aikin, Sarah Hale, Clara Balfour, Elizabeth Charles, Harriet Beecher Stowe, and the Jewish writer Grace Aguilar. Their work is set in the context of contemporary gender debates, whilst showing connections to strategies used by more recent feminist Bible scholars such as Rosemary Radford Ruether, Letty Russell, Phyllis Trible, and Elisabeth Schussler Fiorenza, as well as the late nineteenth-century Elizabeth Cady Stanton who is often cited as the forerunner of their tradition.

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Additional Information:This article considers nineteenth-century precursors of the twentieth-century school of feminist Bible criticism. Through the genre of collective role-model biography, nineteenth-century women writers presented discussions of female Bible characters in ways that addressed contemporary concerns about women's role. The article considers the feminist implications of the biographical genre, and then the biographers' interpretations of Bible women including Eve, Deborah, Jochabed, Miriam, Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of Jesus. Authors discussed include Lucy Aikin, Sarah Hale, Clara Balfour, Elizabeth Charles, Harriet Beecher Stowe, and the Jewish writer Grace Aguilar. Their work is set in the context of contemporary gender debates, whilst showing connections to strategies used by more recent feminist Bible scholars such as Rosemary Radford Ruether, Letty Russell, Phyllis Trible, and Elisabeth Schussler Fiorenza, as well as the late nineteenth-century Elizabeth Cady Stanton who is often cited as the forerunner of their tradition.
Keywords:Feminist theology, Bible interpretation, Nineteenth-century women writers, Biography, bmjrequested
Subjects:Q Linguistics, Classics and related subjects > Q323 English Literature by topic
V Historical and Philosophical studies > V621 Christian studies
V Historical and Philosophical studies > V600 Theology and Religious studies
Q Linguistics, Classics and related subjects > Q321 English Literature by period
Divisions:College of Arts > Lincoln School of Humanities
ID Code:3210
Deposited By: Rebecca Styler
Deposited On:13 Aug 2010 08:55
Last Modified:13 Mar 2013 08:44

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