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date: 20 October 2019

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The book of Psalms is dominated by male images and metaphors for God, although female or feminine aspects are also present. In the language of poetry and prayer, God in the Psalms is neither masculine nor feminine but both. Feminist criticism can use a variety of methods such as literary criticism, rhetorical criticism, and historical-criticism, but is inconsistent as a reading strategy. This article explores some of the feminist work on the Psalms by considering who is God in the texts as well as who and where women are in them. It also discusses the history of women’s use of the Psalms.

Keywords: Psalms, images, metaphors, God, poetry, prayer, feminist criticism, literary criticism, women, feminism

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