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date: 09 March 2021

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Queer readings of the Bible are indebted to feminist interpretation but work with a broader and more fluid notion of sex and gender than feminism. Not exhausted by them, queer biblical interpretations typically revolve around two distinct emphases, “queering” or investigations into the social construction of sex and gender, and “queerying” which traces the theoretical and political interests of such constructions, and their involvement in social dynamics and power. This essay explains queer biblical interpretation by showing that queer theory (de)constructs sex and gender; unravels established notions of fixed identity; contests heteronormativity; becomes indecent; outwits or goes beyond ascribed sex and gender; and queers biblical reception. Queer theory exposes sex and gender as powerful systems of convention that require, define, and even prescribe the form and function of sex and gender.

Keywords: biblical hermeneutics, sex, gender, power, identity, queer, heteronormativity, liminality, LGBTQIA*

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