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In the last two decades, feminism has often been declared dead. One reason for this was the overwhelming success of gender and queer studies; another was supposedly nurtured by the hope of conservatives that girls and women should return to that which is traditionally perceived as "female". This volume, which brings together the most interesting papers of the feminist exegesis section of the recent International Meetings of the Society of Biblical Literature, offers vivid proof that feminist studies did not lose their appeal to young scholars, and that there is still enough potential for fresh and interesting research in this field. Gender agendas still matter, especially when the feminist option is not forfeited as a political aim.
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Irmtraud Fischer is Professor of Old Testament Studies at the Catholic Theological Faculty at the University of Graz, Austria. She previously held the Cathedra for Women's Studies at the University of Bonn, Germany, and worked as Visiting Professor at the universities of Marburg, Vienna and Bamberg, and in Jerusalem and Rome. She served as President of the European Society of Theological Research for Women from 2001 to 2003, and as President of the Working Group of Catholic Old Testament Researchers in the German Speaking Area between 2005 and 2008. From 2007 to 2011, she worked as Vice Rector for Research and Continuing Education at the University of Graz. She is the general editor of the international research project 'The Bible and Women', and her trilogy 'Gottesstreiterinnen', 'Gotteskunderinnen' and 'Gottelehrerinnen' has been translated into French, with the first volume also having been translated into English and published in several editions since 1995. Her book Die Erzeltern Israels was formative in the study of terminology in German speaking research. She is currently working on a commentary of the book of Jonah for the new International Exegetical Commentary to the Old Testament (IECOT), for which she is also working in the editorial team. Daniela Feichtinger is a PhD student at the University of Graz, Austria. She is currently working on a project on Potiphar's wife in Genesis 39.
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