HTS Teologiese Studies/Theological Studies (Dec 1997)

The Feminist and the Bible: Hermeneutical Alternatives

  • Carolyn Osiek

Journal volume & issue
Vol. 53, no. 4
pp. 956 – 968


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Amid the varieties of feminist interpretive methods in biblical scholarship, this article suggests a general typology of approaches: rejection of the claims of biblical authority; acceptance of those claims with critique of oppressive interpretations; revisionism, which holds to the possibility of reconstructing the lost experience of women in the texts; reliance on symbol and image of the feminine to convey meaning; and finally, the liberation critique of oppressive structures. An appreciation and critique is offered for each alternative.