'Looking Lesbian at the Bathing Bathsheba'

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Colleges, School and Institutes

Abstract

The variety of approaches to interpreting scripture emerging in the late twentieth century has demonstrated how well known texts can yield different and surprising interpretations when the interpretational frame of enquiry is differently angled. Feminists and womanists have done sterling work; shedding light on the role and status of scriptural women, asking new questions, modifying and challenging existing methodologies, raising issues not traditionally incorporated within historical critical exegesis. However, almost the entirety of this work has taken place within a heterocentric frame of reference; one that assumes the heterosexuality of the scriptural women themselves and one that appears to presuppose a heterosexual academic community, since lesbian-related concerns and issues have hardly been give a sentence untl very recently. This paper will outline the contribution that a lesbian-feminist approach to the Hebrew Bible can offer.

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)227-263
Number of pages37
JournalBiblical Interpretation: A Journal of Contemporary Approaches
Volume16
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2008