Item description for Gender, Power, and Promise: The Subject of the Bible's First Story by David M. Gunn & Danna Nolan Fewell...
Overview Reading Scripture anew, the authors contend, is each time an exercise of power. It is always invested in ideology, whether spoken or unspoken. By adopting the viewpoints of marginalized women, and by examining the motivations of the male characters as they deploy power, Fewell and Gunn seek an approach to biblical interpretation that promises to liberate women and men from, rather than reinforce, religious ideologies of male dominance.
Publishers Description Reading Scripture anew, the authors contend, is each time an exercise of power. It is always invested in ideology, whether spoken or unspoken. By adopting the viewpoints of marginalized women, and by examining the motivations of the male characters as they deploy power, Fewell and Gunn seek an approach to biblical interpretation that promises to liberate women and men from, rather than reinforce, religious ideologies of male dominance."
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Studio: Abingdon Press
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.16" Width: 5.92" Height: 0.53" Weight: 0.71 lbs.
Release Date Jun 1, 1992
Publisher Abingdon Church Supplies
ISBN 0687140420 ISBN13 9780687140428
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More About David M. Gunn & Danna Nolan Fewell
David M. Gunn holds the A. A. Bradford Chair of Religion at Texas Christian University. His other books include Gender, Power, and Promise: The Subject of the Bible's First Story (1993) and Narrative in the Hebrew Bible (1993), as co-author, and Reading Bibles, Writing Bodies: Identity and the Book (1996) and -Imagining- Biblical Worlds: Spatial, Social and Historical Constructs (2002), as co-editor. He is also co-author of the article on Judges in the Dictionary of Biblical Interpretation (1999).
David M. Gunn currently resides in the state of Georgia. David M. Gunn has an academic affiliation as follows - Texas Christian University.
David M. Gunn has published or released items in the following series...
Reviews - What do customers think about Gender, Power, and Promise: The Subject of the Bible's First Story?
totally un-researched Aug 31, 2006
This author has clearly NEVER studied theology, or the ancient people out of which this text arose. One cannot come to a piece of literature, especially one so ancient, so translated and re-translated, and so variously interpreted, and assume that one can say something about it without first studying its context at least a little! Please, if you have never studied the Bible or any of its corresponding history, don't read this till you have. And if you have studied these, well... you could read this book, but it would be a waste of your time. This guy is just reading the early Bible word for translated (and mis-translated) word! And he doesn't know what these words meant in the first place, nor does he know the culture whence they came, nor does he have any idea what they are trying to claim about God and humanity! He totally misses the point every step of the way! Understanding the Hindu Upanishads takes careful study of the original word meanings and the culture from which they came; the Bible is no different. Please consider the basis of the entirety of academia, and note that this book has nothing to do with any of it.
Provocative Feminist Interpretations Jun 4, 2005
Despite the plethora of books on the Bible including feminist analysis, it is rare to find something that is truly mind-bending. This book is exactly that. This is the first study that I have read that challenges the traditional view that Abraham was faithful to God. It also contains a brilliant re-reading of the story of Solomon and Sheba whereby Sheba is flattering the know it all wisdom of the Israelite King to get what "she wants." Some will disagree with the authors' opinions, but I certainly found them provocative. Those tired of orthodox viewpoints will find this study from Genesis to Kings worth the price of the book
A provocative look at the women of Genesis through 2 Kings. Oct 2, 1998
In this thought-provoking book, Fewell and Gunn carefully examine the lives of (primarily) the female characters in the Bible's first story, Genesis through 2 Kings. Fewell and Gunn show that the "subject" -- not the topic, but rather the viewpoint -- of this long story is the adult Israelite male. This has significant repercussions for the treatment of the women in the story. The women's lives and stories are shaped to serve the interests of the male subject. Yet even with this shaping of interests, the stories still contain the "traces" that can support and even promote a critique of the dominant male ideology the stories seem calculated to serve. This book is an eye-opener and should be read and re-read by anyone seeking to understand and fully appreciate the complex dynamics of human interaction, and human-divine interaction, in the first nine books of the Bible.
(Please note that although the this site.com database lists three authors for this book, there are in fact two. "Fewell, Donna N." is a misspelling of "Danna Nolan Fewell" that has somehow become attached to the database record as if the name of a third author.)