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Reformed and Feminist: A Challenge to the Church [Paperback]

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Can one be a feminist and still remain true to the Reformer's cry of "sola Scriptura" and Calvin's Institutes? Part autobiography, part exposition, part theology, this title challenges the church to be more inclusive of women and find roles and functions to take advantage of their newly won equality.

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This fresh, insightful book explores the nature and function of biblical authority for Christian feminism. Johanna van Wijk-Bos demonstrates, from a Reformed/Calvinist context, the importance of sola scriptura for feminist biblical studies. She illustrates the ways in which biblical authority undergirds and expands feminist perspectives. The author draws upon her personal experiences of an early childhood spent in the Nazi-occupied Netherlands and an adolescence in a faith community with a strong Calvinist cast.

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  • Library Journal - 06/01/1991

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Studio: Westminster John Knox Press
Pages   118
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.01" Width: 5.96" Height: 0.39"
Weight:   0.38 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   May 1, 1991
Publisher   Westminster John Knox Press
ISBN  0664251943  
ISBN13  9780664251949  

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More About Johanna W. H. Van Wijk-Bos

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Johanna W. H. van Wijk-Bos is the Dora Pierce Professor of Bible and Professor of Old Testament at Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary. She holds degrees from Leiden University, The Netherlands (M.Div., M.Phil.) and Union Theological Seminary, New York (M.Phil, Ph.D.). Dr. Bos is an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and engages herself with issues of justice for women and disadvantaged groups locally and in the global arena. A pioneering woman in theological teaching, she was the only woman in 1976 to receive a doctorate from Union Theological Seminary in New York and the first woman to receive academic tenure at Louisville Seminary.

Johanna W. H. Van Wijk-Bos currently resides in Louisville, in the state of Kentucky. Johanna W. H. Van Wijk-Bos was born in 1940.

Johanna W. H. Van Wijk-Bos has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Westminster Bible Companion

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"Were not our hearts burning within us?"  May 5, 2010
Johanna W. H. van Wijk-Bos' Reformed and Feminist: A Challenge to the Church is a semi-autobiographical introduction to feminist thought viewed through the lens of Protestant biblical scholarship. Wijk-Bos argues that the study of the Judeo-Christian scriptures has something valuable to add to the process of women's liberation and that the time has come for Christian churches to assist in the radical reform of patriarchal institutions.

In the first chapter, Wijk-Bos shares a considerable amount of detail from her own life-story in order to establish herself within her own context as a Dutch, reformed, and feminist woman working as a pastor and biblical scholar in the U.S. The second chapter explores the concept of biblical authority as it emerged during the Protestant Reformation. Wijk-Bos pays special attention to the particular developments of Calvinism in continental Europe during the 16th century. In the next chapter, the author examines some of the particular hermeneutical issues that arise when one explores the biblical text from a feminist perspective. Chapter four applies feminist hermeneutics to three particular texts from the Hebrew scriptures: the story of Jael (Judges 4:17-22), the story of the prophet's widow (II Kings 4:1-7), and the story of Esther. In the final chapter, Wijk-Bos issues a missional call for the Christian churches to address the heretofore ignored presence of women in the biblical texts, in our worshiping communities, and in society at large. Wijk-Bos uses the story of Ruth as a biblical example of women working together for their mutual liberation (and that of society at large) from the bonds of patriarchy.

In this short book, Wijk-Bos offers an engaging and concise introduction to Christian feminist thought that is perfect for neophytes such as myself. Her narrative tone helps the arguments impact the reader in a fresh way. The autobiographical and biblical texts provide a mutual context for one another that helps the reader see old passages in a new way. This book had my attention from beginning to end. Like the disciples on the road to Emmaus, I felt my heart burning within me as I read. Wijk-Bos has simultaneously accomplished two very difficult tasks. First, she has sparked my interest in feminist thought and has re-presented obscure biblical texts in a fresh and relevant way. I highly recommend this book to feminists who wonder whether the Bible has any good news to offer women. I also recommend it to Christians who are frustrated with their Bible and want to view it with a fresh pair of eyes.

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