Womanist Midrash: A Reintroduction to the Women of the Torah and the Throne

Book, 2017, 323 pp
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Womanist Midrash is an in-depth and creative exploration of the well- and lesser-known women of the Hebrew Scriptures. Using her own translations, Gafney offers a midrashic interpretation of the biblical text that is rooted in the African American preaching tradition to tell the stories of a variety of female characters, many of whom are often overlooked and nameless. Gafney employs a solid understanding of womanist and feminist approaches to biblical interpretation and the sociohistorical culture of the ancient Near East. This unique and imaginative work is grounded in serious scholarship and will expand conversations about feminist and womanist biblical interpretation.

"As a black woman bearing the history of two interwoven strands of subjugation in her own embodied memory, along with love for the Bible and its women, Gafney shows us in unexampled detail how biblical society--struggling to be sacred, yet entwined with the subjugation of women--works out in their intimate lives. The result is 'sacred subversion'--a lover's wrestle within the Bible, against the Bible, for the sake of God and the Bible. I greet with admiration a sister in that painful, joyful Wrestle, and I encourage readers to join with her in the painful, joyful adventure." - Rabbi Arthur Waskow, director of The Shalom Center and author of Godwrestling--Round 2

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