In this series of Bible study sessions, we will devote each session to a close reading of a biblical text through the lens of a particular feminist methodology. Our first session (November 5) will explore the approach of creative midrash – what was the nature of Sarah’s relationship with Hagar? In session two (November 12), we will engage with Lady Wisdom of the Book of Proverbs to look for underlying patriarchal ideologies at play in Proverbs. In our final session (December 3), we will explore a single biblical text from two very different feminist perspectives and will consider the question: what’s the difference between liberating a text and apologizing for a text? Can patriarchal biblical texts be redeemed with integrity?
If you would like to prepare before each session, please read Genesis 16 for session one; Proverbs 1:20-28; 3:13-19; 7:6-27 for session two; and Genesis 2-3 for session three.
Dr. Tamar Kamionkowski is Professor of Biblical Studies at the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College in Wyncote, PA.
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