By Eryl W. Davies

This consultant for the puzzled will exhibit how glossy biblical students have expressed dissatisfaction with a one-sided historical-critical method of biblical texts and feature argued that advancements in secular literary thought could be utilized in religious study. while the historical-critical process used to be thinking about the instant of a text's creation (authorship, date, position of writing etc), the literary procedure is anxious with the instant of the text's reception. Eryl W. Davies exhibits how and why ways equivalent to ‘reader-response criticism', ‘feminist criticism', ‘ideological criticism', ‘canonical feedback' and ‘post-colonial feedback' are actually rising in popularity in lots of quarters. the quantity explains to the uninitiated in a readable and available shape how options initially derived from secular literary feedback were followed through biblical students in an effort to comprehend the textual content of Scripture and to understand its relevance.

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Again, the reader is expected to fi ll in the gap in the text: was there a connection, we wonder, between the plot against Jesus and his withdrawal to the sea? Here, too, Matthew fills in the gap by removing any doubt: ‘When Jesus became aware of this, he departed’ (Mt. 15). A third example may be found in Mark’s account of the resurrection of Jesus. Unlike the other three gospels, Mark’s account ends with the empty tomb and nothing is said about the subsequent appearances of Jesus to his disciples.

Feminist biblical scholars were not, as Daly seemed to imply, traitors to the cause who had unwittingly colluded with the enemy (men), nor were they wedded to a tradition that was intent on sustaining women’s powerlessness and legitimizing their social and religious subordination. Rather, they were scholars who fervently believed that it was better to reform the past than to ignore it, and that it was possible to claim allegiance to the biblical faith without necessarily accepting the so-called sexist and patriarchal elements that it contained.

During the fi rst half of the twentieth century, gender issues were evidently not regarded as acceptable topics for scholarly deliberations, and consequently feminist biblical studies remained at the periphery of academic discourse (Bellis 2000: 24–5). They were generally regarded with an element of disdain, and viewed as little more than a quixotic indulgence in a harmless, but ultimately irrelevant, hobby-horse. Such a view, however, changed dramatically during the latter half of the twentieth century.

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