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Troubling Women and Land: Reading Biblical Texts in Aotearoa New Zealand (Bible in the Modern World)

McKinlay, Judith E.

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ISBN 10: 190969732X / ISBN 13: 9781909697324
Published by Sheffield Phoenix Press Ltd, 2014
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Title: Troubling Women and Land: Reading Biblical ...

Publisher: Sheffield Phoenix Press Ltd

Publication Date: 2014

Book Condition:Very Good

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What do women have to do with land? Biblical women such as Rahab, Achsah, and the daughters of Zelophehad have a great deal to do with Israel's land concerns, and their roles are indeed found troubling. And there are also questions to be asked of Miriam's role in the move from Egypt towards the 'promised' land; of Deborah, involved in a battle with a Canaanite commander; and of Huldah, whose troubling role in Josiah's reform is exposed in a queer-critical reading. Reading such land-focused narratives from the context of Aotearoa New Zealand brings to the surface disturbing connections with that country's own quite particular experience of colonialism. Such findings call for feminist postcolonial scrutiny. Here, in response, the critical scope is widened by reading these texts contrapuntally with others concerning New Zealand's colonial and postcolonial experiences, both past and present. Troubling Women and Land has a personal edge, with the author's voice frequently intruding, without apology, sometimes even holding imaginary conversations with characters and scholars, complementing the use of more traditional critical approaches. What underlies the book is a conviction that reading biblical texts matters in the politics of today's world.

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