Writing the Wrongs Hardback

Women of the Old Testament Among Biblical Commentators from Philo Through the Reformation

by John Thompson;

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Writing the Wrongs

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The last third of the 20th century has witnessed an eruption of interest in the women in the Bible. In this field, Phyllis Trible's Texts of Terror is a landmark among those studying women of the Bible. Focusing on stories of the maltreatment of women, Trible paved the way for subsequent feminist exegetes who have been very critical of such stories in the Bible, and who see Christianity as an irredeemably patriarchal religion. It is commonly said that these Old Testament stories of rape, murder, torture, and abandonment passed without comment until recent times. In this book, however, John Thompson points out that many neglected pre-modern Christian interpreters have wrestled with the texts of terror throughout the centuries, sometimes writing volumes 'between the lines' of scripture out of an apparent concern for the women in these stories. Thompson traces and analyses the interpretation of the stories of Hagar, Jephthah's daughter, the Levite's wife, and Lot's daughters from the earliest Church Fathers through to the Reformation.He argues that the neglected and largely inaccessible commentaries on which he draws not only shed light on how these troubling stories have been seen in the past, but can speak to Christians who are battling over how the Bible ought to be read today. Here, Thompson traces and analyses various Christian interpretations of these Bible stories of women. In drawing attention to views other than Texts of Terror, Thompson speaks to Christians who are battling over how the Bible ought to be read today.

Writing the Wrongs by John Thompson was published by Oxford University Press in October 2001 and is our 43402nd best seller. The ISBN for Writing the Wrongs is 9780195137361.

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Details for Writing the Wrongs

Page last updated 6th September 2016
Author / Artist
Book FormatHardback
PublisherOxford University Press (October 2001)
Number of Pages304
Thickness26 mm
Height246 mm
Width163 mm
Product Code1146788
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