Democratizing Biblical Studies : Toward an Emancipatory Educational Space

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  • Copyright: 2009-10-07
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Elizabeth Schussler Fiorenza argues that it is necessary to reframe the field of biblical studies and replace the competitive teaching models prevalent in graduate programs with an emancipatory, radical democratic pedagogical model that fosters collaboration, participation, and critical engagement. To achieve constructive engagement with the differences of social location and diversity of perspectives that exist both in the Bible and in our contexts, Fiorenza argues, we must become aware of the pitfalls of one-dimensional thinking that seeks to use the Bible to find definite answers and to exclude different understandings.

Author Biography

Elisabeth Schssler Fiorenza is Krister Stendahl Professor of Divinity. Harvard Divinity School. Her Books include In Memory of Her: Bread Not stone; But She Said; Discipleship of Equals; Sharing Her Word; Jesus and the Politics of Interpretation; Wisdom Ways: Introducing Feminist Biblical Interpretation; and The Power of the Word: Scripture and the Rhetoric of Empire. She was the first women scholar to serve as president of the Society of Biblical Literature and was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2001. She also is cofounder and coeditor of the Journal of Feminist Studies in Religion.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. vii
Introduction: Toward a Radical Democratic Self-Understanding of Biblical Studiesp. 1
Contextualizing Arguments for a Radical Democratic Educational Spacep. 7
Toward a Radical Democratic Pedagogy of Biblical Studiesp. 12
The Rhetorical Space of Graduate Biblical Studiesp. 23
Charting the Problemp. 24
The Need to Transform the Discourses of Biblical Studiesp. 30
Proposals for Re-Visioning Biblical Studiesp. 38
Problematizing the Dualistic-Domain Construction of the Field of Biblical Studiesp. 44
A Republic of Many Voices: Paradigms of Biblical Studiesp. 51
Paradigm Criticismp. 52
Redescribing and Renaming the Four Paradigms of Biblical Studiesp. 63
Conclusionp. 81
Fashioning a Radical Democratic Discoursep. 85
Delineating the Fourth Emancipatory Paradigmp. 87
Discursive Struggles within the Fourth Paradigm: From Margin to Postcolonialismp. 95
Toward a Shared Analytic: Intersectional Analysis of Kyriarchyp. 106
A Pedagogical Model of Agency and Conscientizationp. 120
Changing Biblical Studies: Toward a Radical Democratic Pedagogy and Ethosp. 127
Transforming Malestream Pedagogical Modelsp. 130
Toward a Radical Democratic Emancipatory Pedagogyp. 139
Transforming the Didactic Trianglep. 149
Toward a Radical Democratic Emancipatory Ethos-Spacep. 160
Instead of a Conclusionp. 166
Metalogue: From Theory to Practicep. 169
Creating a Radical Democratic Space: Forump. 170
Creating a Radical Democratic Space: Seminarp. 172
A Forum of Many Voices/A Kaleidoscope of Personal Reflectionsp. 176
Indexp. 207
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