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date: 29 October 2020

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This essay argues that throughout its long history, feminist biblical interpretation has varied widely in definition, in its interpretive commitments, and in strategies for interpreting texts and contexts. It introduces readers to the major strategies used in feminist biblical interpretation as a way of showcasing the project’s diversity within the Western academy. It contextualizes feminist interpretation within conversations about the patriarchal nature of biblical texts, the intersectional identities of women and representations of women, and the ethics of biblical interpretation. In addition, the essay argues that archaeology (images, sculpture, inscriptions, architecture, and/or objects) needs to be incorporated more fully into feminist biblical interpretation.

Keywords: feminist biblical interpretation, intersectionality, women, patriarchy, archaeology, images, feminist hermeneutics

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