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date: 13 November 2018

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Womanist approaches to interpreting the prophets stand among other liberationist interpretive traditions, in which the intersections of the ways in which gender, race, class, and sexuality, among other identity markers, are taken into consideration when reading and making sense of the text. The role of how power is shared or wielded also matters in Womanist interpretations. This chapter provides examples of Womanist interpretative strategies by examining the ways prophets employ language about women as mothers, women as promiscuous, children as progeny, and poverty, which has its most adverse impact on women and children. Uncovering and exposing the oppressive use of power as it relates to women and children among prophetic writings allows Womanist interpreters to help those interested in pursuits of liberation and freedom to know whether the prophetic texts provide resources for a life worth living.

Keywords: Womanist, Womanism, gender, class, poverty, race, prophets

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