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date: 16 May 2021

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This chapter, concerning the presentation of biblical women, begins with a consideration of the intersection of literary criticism and feminist theory together with the recognition that readers are largely confronted by a male view of women’s roles. The chapter then considers the broad spread of interpretive approaches, ranging from historical-critical to the recent queer and postcolonial, noting, too, how greater attention to readers’ diversity has led to context itself becoming a hermeneutical key. Further interpretive challenges are noted before two case studies of diverse readings of Rahab (Josh. 2) and the Syrophoenician/Canaanite woman (Mark 7:24–30; Matt. 15:21–28). Finally, cosmes the challenge, recognizing that hermeneutical choices have consequences. Whose view is to be accepted? Cui bono: for whose good? For reading biblical women does matter, even as the matters of interpretation are complex and a continuing challenge.

Keywords: biblical women, interpretive approaches, hermeneutical, literary criticism, feminist theory, postcolonial, Rahab, Joshua 2, Syrophoenician/Canaanite woman, Mark 7:24–30, Matthew 15:21–28

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