Recovering Nineteenth-century Women Interpreters of the Bible

Recovering Nineteenth-century Women Interpreters of the Bible

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Women have been thoughtful readers and interpreters of scripture throughout the ages, yet the standard history of biblical interpretation includes few women's voices. To introduce readers to this untapped source for the history of biblical interpretation, this volume analyzes forgotten works from the nineteenth century written by women-including Christina Rossetti, Florence Nightingale, and Harriet Beecher Stowe, among others-from various faith backgrounds, countries, and social classes engaging contemporary biblical scholarship. Due to their exclusion from the academy, women's interpretive writings addressed primarily a nonscholarly audience and were written in a variety of genres: novels and poetry, catechisms, manuals for Bible study, and commentaries on the books of the Bible. To recover these nineteenth-century women interpreters of the Bible, each essay in this volume locates a female author in her historical, ecclesiastical, and interpretive context, focusing on particular biblical passages to clarify an author's contributions as well as to explore how her reading of the text was shaped by her experience as a woman. The contributors are Amanda Benckhuysen, Elizabeth Davis, Christiana de Groot, Rebecca G. S. Idestrom, Donna Kerfoot, Bernon P. Lee, Marion Taylor, Heather Weir, and Lissa M. Wray Beal. Paperback edition is available from the Society of Biblical Literature ( When speaking about her death, Moore said McAuley could die saying, aquot;Now Thou dost dismiss Thy servant, O Lord, ... Mother was a great enemy to that spirit of sadness which destroys true devotion, and to inculcate the contrary used often to quote the Scripture which describes our Divine Lord as being neither a#39;sad nor troublesomea#39; (Isa 42:4). ... When faced with incompetent church leaders, McAuley advised, aquot;We may feel assured that however unworthy the persons dulyanbsp;...

Title:Recovering Nineteenth-century Women Interpreters of the Bible
Author:Christiana De Groot, Marion Ann Taylor
Publisher:Brill Academic Pub - 2007


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