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God and the Rhetoric of Sexuality (Overtures to biblical theology) [Paperback]

Phyllis Trible

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1 Mar 1978 Overtures to biblical theology (Book 2)
Focusing on texts in the Hebrew Bible, and using feminist hermeneutics, Phyllis Trible brings out what she considers to be neglected themes and counter literature. After outlining her method in more detail, she begins by highlighting the feminist imagery used for God; then she moves on to traditions embodying male and female within the context of the goodness of creation. If Genesis 2-3 is a love story gone awry, the Song of Songs is about sexuality redeemed in joy. In between lies the book of Ruth, with its picture of the struggles of everyday life.

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  • Paperback: 228 pages
  • Publisher: Augsburg Fortress; New edition edition (1 Mar 1978)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0800604644
  • ISBN-13: 978-0800604646
  • Product Dimensions: 22 x 14 x 1 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 666,673 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Bible friendly feminism 8 Jan 2002
By Berel Dov Lerner - Published on Amazon.com
Trible manages to combine an egalitarian feminist outlook with great sensitivity and love for the original text of the Hebrew scriptures. She does not force a feminist reading on the Bible. Rather, she enriches our understanding by pointing out important biblical themes which are of special interest to feminists, but which may be appreciated by anyone seeking a fuller appreciation of scripture. I should point out that Trible respects the autonomy of the Hebrew scriptures; Jews as well as Christians have much to learn from this book.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By Steven H. Propp - Published on Amazon.com
Phyllis Trible (born 1932) is Professor Emeritus of Church History at Union Theological Seminary, and the author of books such as Texts of Terror: Literary-Feminist Readings of Biblical Narratives (Overtures to Biblical Theology), Hagar, Sarah, and Their Children: Jewish, Christian, and Muslim Perspectives, and Rhetorical Criticism (Guides to Biblical Scholarship).

She wrote in the Foreword to this 1978 book, "Focusing on texts in the Hebrew scriptures, I have sought a theological vision for new occasions... I have accented what I consider neglected themes and counterliterature. Using feminist hermeneutics, I have tried to recover old treasures and discover new ones in the household of faith."

She points out that "these references to humanity in Genesis 1:27 allow freedom in the interpretation of male and female. The human creation poeticized in this verse is not delineated by sexual relationships, roles, characteristics, attitudes, or emotions." (Pg. 19) She adds, "As the most basic way to know humankind in its fullness, 'male and female' is the vehicle of a metaphor whose tenor is 'the image of God.'... If 'male and female' gives the clue for interpreting 'the image of God,' the phrase 'image of God' gives the clue for understanding 'God.'" (Pg. 20-21)

She argues that the "taken from" language in Genesis 2:23 implies "the similarity of woman and man, not the subordination of woman to man. Paradoxically, to be taken from man is to be differentiated from him while being bone of bone and flesh of flesh. Differentiation, then, implies neither derivation nor subordination. The poetic usage ... argues, in fact, for the mutuality of woman and man." (Pg. 101)

Commenting on the Song of Songs, she states, "there is no male dominance, no female subordination, and no stereotyping of either sex. Specifically, the portrayal of the woman defies the connotations of 'second sex.' She works, keeping vineyards and pasturing flocks. Throughout the Song she is independent, fully the equal of the man... Never is this woman called a wife, nor is she required to bear children. In fact, to the issues of marriage and procreation the Song does not speak. Love for the sake of love is its message..." (Pg. 161-162)

Trible's fresh ways of interpreting many "traditional" passages are stimulating, and well worth reading for anyone interested in contemporary theology or biblical interpretation.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One chapter and already it's paid for itself! 28 Feb 2011
By K. Moffat - Published on Amazon.com
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I read the chapter on Genesis 2-3, not my favorite chapters by a long shot, and am astonished. Ms. Trible brings a deeper and clearer vision to this OT diatribe about the "evil temptress, Eve". I have to say that the chapters have risen to some of my favorite Biblical text. Really wonderful stuff!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Eat from tree of knowledge! 12 April 1999
By Laura Duhan Kaplan - Published on Amazon.com
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This book contains the most sensible and eye-opening answer I have yet encountered to the question, "Why are there two accounts of the creation of human beings in the book of Genesis?" Trible argues convincingly that the first account is the story of God's order, and the second account tells of a fallen human order. Her argument is so well-supported by the text that you will never again be able to read the creation story without exclaiming, "Wow! Phyllis Trible was right!"
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 11 July 2014
By robert A. Rees - Published on Amazon.com
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