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"A scripture of their own": nineteenth-century Bible biography and feminist Bible criticism.

By Rebecca Styler


This article considers nineteenth-century precursors of the twentieth-century school of feminist Bible criticism. Through the genre of collective role-model biography, nineteenth-century women writers presented discussions of female Bible characters in ways that addressed contemporary concerns about women's role. The article considers the feminist implications of the biographical genre, and then the biographers' interpretations of Bible women including Eve, Deborah, Jochabed, Miriam, Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of Jesus. Authors discussed include Lucy Aikin, Sarah Hale, Clara Balfour, Elizabeth Charles, Harriet Beecher Stowe, and the Jewish writer Grace Aguilar. Their work is set in the context of contemporary gender debates, whilst showing connections to strategies used by more recent feminist Bible scholars such as Rosemary Radford Ruether, Letty Russell, Phyllis Trible, and Elisabeth Schussler Fiorenza, as well as the late nineteenth-century Elizabeth Cady Stanton who is often cited as the forerunner of their tradition

Topics: Q323 English Literature by topic, V621 Christian studies, V600 Theology and Religious studies, Q321 English Literature by period
Publisher: Pepperdine University / State University of West Georgia
Year: 2007
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