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The Word According to Eve

Cullen Murphy

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ISBN 10: 0618001921 / ISBN 13: 9780618001927
Published by Mariner Books, 1999
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Title: The Word According to Eve

Publisher: Mariner Books

Publication Date: 1999

Book Condition:Good

Edition: 1st Mariner Books Ed.

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In the world that created the Bible, there were no female scholars and theologians, yet in the past four decades, owing to such stunning discoveries as the Dead Sea Scrolls and the Nag Hammadi texts, as well as advances in historical understanding and the rise of feminism, a generation of scholars has found new ways to interpret the Scriptures and the societies that created them -- exploring avenues traditionally ignored by male-dominated religious study. Surveying the new scholarship and the personalities of those who have created it, The Word According to Eve not only explores afresh the history of our religions but offers exciting new challenges to our sense of worship.


Ever since Eve took that first step down the slippery slope leading to motherhood and apple pie, women have figured prominently in both the Bible and in the history of Judeo-Christian religion. Not until recently, however, has much attention been paid to their role. Until as recently as 1980, the Society of Biblical Literature (a sort of Modern Language Association for the theological set) had not hosted a panel discussion about women and the Bible. Much has changed in the ensuing years, with female biblical scholars at last claiming their rightful due and gender studies coming to dominate the field. In The Word According to Eve, Cullen Murphy reports from the feminist frontlines of theological debate, using portraits of top women scholars to illuminate the key issues at stake. The managing editor of the Atlantic Monthly, Murphy is a lively, funny, and highly lucid writer, singularly able to make academic theory both interesting and accessible and bringing his often quirky subjects to memorable life. (One noted critic, for instance, seems always to be uttering sentences such as, "I just came across an obscure reference to selective clitoridectomy for adult women who seem to have masculine desires" just as the waiter approaches their table.) In the foreword, Cullen suggests that feminism may just be the Bible's "fifth intellectual revolution," after the onset of Judaism, Christianity, the Reformation, and the Enlightenment. Whether they're arguing for women's role in writing the Bible or advocating Junia as a female apostle, these scholars easily justify his claim.

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