Prophecy and Power: Jeremiah in Feminist and Postcolonial Perspective

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2013-12-05
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury T&T Clark

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This volume advances the scholarly discussion of Jeremiah via rigorous feminist and postcolonialist theorizing of texts and interpretive issues in that prophetic book. The essays here, by seasoned scholars of Jeremiah, offer significant traction on the biblical book's construction of the persona of Jeremiah and the subjectivity of Judah as subaltern; analysis of gendered imagery for the speaking subject in Jeremiah and for the Judean social body; exploration of rhetorics of imperialism and resistance; and theological implications of feminist-critical perspectives on YHWH and other deities represented in Jeremiah. Essays here deftly synthesize historical, literary, and ideological-critical insights in service of nuanced inquiry into Jeremiah as complex cultural production. The collection represents the growing edge of recent critical thinking on Jeremiah in the United States, Europe, and elsewhere. It should prove invaluable in shaping the parameters of the continuing scholarly conversation on the Book of Jeremiah.

Author Biography

Carolyn J. Sharp is Associate Professor of Hebrew Scriptures at Yale Divinity School, USA.

Table of Contents

Introduction Christl M. Maier and Carolyn J. Sharp \ Challenges and Opportunities for Feminist and Postcolonial Biblical Criticism Judith E. McKinlay \ The Character of Yhwh in Jeremiah in Postcolonial Perspective Christl M. Maier \ Mapping Jeremiah as/in Feminist Landscape: Negotiating Ancient and Contemporary Terrains Carolyn J. Sharp \ After the ‘One - Man Show': Multi-authored and Multi-voiced Commentary Writing Christl M. Maier \ Commentary as Memoir? Reflections on Writing/Reading War and Hegemony in Jeremiah and in Contemporary U.S. Foreign Policy Louis Stulman \ Rewriting Jeremiah ‘Before the Womb' - A Meditation on Reading Against the Telos of
Redaction Yosefa Raz \ 'The Stain of Your Guilt is Still Before Me': (Feminist) Approaches to Jeremiah 2 and the Problem of Normativity Else K. Holt \ Buying Land in the Text of Jeremiah: Feminist Commentary, the Kristevan Abject, and Jeremiah 32 Carolyn J. Sharp \ 'Exoticizing the Other': The Curious Case of the Rechabites in Jeremiah 35 Steed Vernyl Davidson \ The Silent Goddess and the
Gendering of Divine Speech in Jeremiah 44 James A. Harding \ Misalliances: Jeremiah and George Bernard Shaw Discuss the Mating Instinct, Courtship, and Colonialism Mark Brummitt \ Writing for Universalism in the Book of Jeremiah and Writing Against Universalism in Postcolonial Theory Ulrike Sals \ Bibliography \ Author Index \ Scripture Index

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