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Womanist Midrash 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 that is grounded in serious scholarship will expand conversations about feminist and womanist biblical interpretation [PDF / Epub] ☉ Book Lover Author Jennifer Kaufman – Ralphslaurensoutlet.co.uk 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 ★ Secret Delivery / Her 24-Hour Protector PDF / Epub ✪ Author Delores Fossen – Ralphslaurensoutlet.co.uk 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 that is grounded in serious scholarship will expand conversations about feminist and womanist biblical interpretation A text for a Spring 2018 course at Brite Divinity School a fascinating resource on the women in the Hebrew Bible, named and unnamed I particularly enjoyed Dr Gafney s use of what she terms sanctified imagination , where she enters the text as preacher interpreter to tell the story behind the story in midrashs throughout the book This will be an excellent resource for future exegesis of Torah passages From the publisher Womanist Midrash is an in depth and creative exploration of the w A text for a Spring 2018 course at Brite Divinity School a fascinating resource on the women in the Hebrew Bible, named and unnamed I particularly enjoyed Dr Gafney s use of what she terms sanctified imagination , where she enters the text as preacher interpreter to tell the story behind the story in midrashs throughout the book This will be an excellent resource for future exegesis of Torah passages From the publisher 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 that is grounded in serious scholarship will expand conversations about feminist and womanist biblical interpretation I am afraid to write a review for this book simply because I fear no words I put together will do it justice On every page, this book blew my mind or melted my heart I learned so much from this book While Gafney is a Hebrew and Bible scholar and incredibly knowledgeable in translation and interpretation, she never makes the reader feel like they can not understand the text as well Each time she would define and explain the text in Hebrew, it would open my eyes to a whole new world While the I am afraid to write a review for this book simply because I fear no words I put together will do it justice On every page, this book blew my mind or melted my heart I learned so much from this book While Gafney is a Hebrew and Bible scholar and incredibly knowledgeable in translation and interpretation, she never makes the reader feel like they can not understand the text as well Each time she would define and explain the text in Hebrew, it would open my eyes to a whole new world While the book is extensive in academic interpretation and information of the text, my heart wastouched than my mind Gafney s Midrash of the verses often left me in tears I was suddenly there, in the text, living, feeling, and breathing each word She would repeat the phrase When I use my sanctified imagination when she would begin her Midrash By the middle of the book, my body would have a visceral reaction to this little phrase, knowing that something holy and profound and inspired was about to come my way I am looking forward to reading so much of this book again and again How to begin Forget ministry I m just going to head down the road to Fort Worth, take all of her classes, and become a Hebrew Bible scholar Well, not really But it s tempting I originally picked this up because I had heard such great things from others who I admire I am always on board to read commentaries on women in the Hebrew Bible it was one of my favorite things to explore in undergrad Further, I looked through my shelves and realized I had no works of theology or biblica How to begin Forget ministry I m just going to head down the road to Fort Worth, take all of her classes, and become a Hebrew Bible scholar Well, not really But it s tempting I originally picked this up because I had heard such great things from others who I admire I am always on board to read commentaries on women in the Hebrew Bible it was one of my favorite things to explore in undergrad Further, I looked through my shelves and realized I had no works of theology or biblical scholarship written by women of color I had a few books about Christian life and faith, and some on race relations, but none that veeredtoward the academic side of study So glad to have changed that now Gafney s scholarship is INCREDIBLE Her writing and teaching is MASTERFUL I m sure she could put to shame anyone who challenged her knowledge and competence of scripture, or her ability and her CALLING to teach preach it SHAME I tell you I am just blown away Okay, onto the actual book Goodness she does not shy away Yes, Abraham is the father of our faith but he also sex trafficked his own sister wife, impregnated a woman against her will, allowed for her abuse, and then sent her and her son into the wilderness not great Yes, Moses delivered the Israelites from slavery but he also calls for slaughter and genocide even though God does not demand it AND he he denies the daughters of Zelophehad their inheritance granted to them BY GOD RUDE Do not even get me STARTED on David Yes, he is one of the few characters in the Old Testament who understood the importance of monotheism but that s pretty much the only good thing he s got going for him, in my opinion I pray there is a special place in heaven for the women in his life who had to endure him These important figures in our faith were heroes in some ways and horrific villains in other ways They have two or three redeeming qualities or moments, sure Patriarchy, on the other hand, has no redeeming qualities There is no right way If the most important characters in scripture, whom God spoke with and commanded directly, could not lead or rule over women without also subjecting them to grave injustice, what makes anyone think patriarchy, as a model for relationships and authority in the church, bears good fruit In fact, it bears a lot of bad fruit Scripture shows History shows The MeToo movement shows Let s leave patriarchy behind and love God and one another Amen Amen We can not go back and hold Abraham, Moses, David, and others accountable for the crimes they committed against women, but we can and should and must do so today Gafney also points out how patriarchy is, in many ways, responsible for pitting women against one another and and leads women to become perpetrators of crimes against one another This is womanist midrash, not merely feminist Gafney points out how women in scripture betrayed abused disenfranchised other women, and she reminds us how we have continued to do so throughout history She brings to lightmodern and ongoing conflicts which continue to reflect patterns of cruelty and exclusion between people and women of different races nations ethnicities This book is not easy to read It is disturbing to me that consent, which figures so essentially in our conversations about sex today, seemingly had little or no importance to characters in the Hebrew Bible Does this mean consent did not matter to God It is awful to read women listed out with animals as though they are simply property Did God not care enough to correct this misconception when bestowing the law to Moses Or is this how God viewed women as well The section on forced impregnation was also especially troubling Are women nothan wombs What provides readers hope and comfort is the voice Gafney grants to characters, some named and some just imagined We know women were present, even if they were not named We know they played essential roles, even if they were not given a voice Midrash is a means through which to give them names, stories, and voices It grants us permission to use our sanctified imagination It reminds us that women matter, and it s important to consider stories of scripture from their perspective In doing so, we may praise them for their resilience, curiosity, cleverness their grit and grace We may critique them for the part they play in perpetuating injustice We may be in solidarity with them and they may be in solidarity with us We may mourn those who did not survive the crimes committed against them We may be encouraged by those who did survive We may remember their names We may remember they too are children of God Okay, this accidentally turned into a book report I m done now Dr Gafney s Womanist Midrash is an informative and insightful look at the women in the texts of the Hebrew Bible Dr Gafney s aim is to acknowledge by name, as often as possible the women in, around, and behind the text This was extremely helpful to me, because I have been trained to read the Scriptures with from an androcentric viewpoint, where the women are included in the text as props for the actions of the dominant men Dr Gafney s book aims to humanize those women in the eyes of read Dr Gafney s Womanist Midrash is an informative and insightful look at the women in the texts of the Hebrew Bible Dr Gafney s aim is to acknowledge by name, as often as possible the women in, around, and behind the text This was extremely helpful to me, because I have been trained to read the Scriptures with from an androcentric viewpoint, where the women are included in the text as props for the actions of the dominant men Dr Gafney s book aims to humanize those women in the eyes of readers.Because this is a self acknowledged Midrash, Dr Gafney makes interpretive choices Not all of her sanctified imagining a term used repeatedly throughout the book can be fully supported by the text, but she goes to great pains to ensure that those interpretive choices are well grounded within the text of the Hebrew Bible, ancient interpretive traditions, and the culture of the time.I think this book is a very important book for ministers to read, because it causes us to question our received interpretations of many biblical passages I consider myself to have a fairly open mind when it comes to biblical interpretation, and yet Dr Gafney s womanist perspective provides commentary and insights that I, as a straight, white man in ministry have never before considered and I find myself now questioning how I could not have ever considered some of these things.This book is a reminder that the Western, androcentric approach to scripture does not have a monopoly on biblical interpretation, and that serious students of scripture should engage with many other perspectives to try and get acomplete picture of what is going on in the biblical narratives

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