By Athalya Brenner
This quantity is the 1st in a sequence which supplies a basic source for feminist biblical scholarship, containing a finished number of essays, either reprinted and in particular written for the sequence, via top feminist students.
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It is not to be wondered at, therefore, that the Jew, among his thanksgivings, should say to the Almighty every morning, 'Blessed be thou, O Lord our God, King of the universe, that thou hast not created me a woman'. Now, if one sex of the human family has been so degraded by the other; if she whom God created to be a help-mate and counterpart has been reduced by man to the slave of his carnal lusts; if such slavish and inhuman treatment has been justified on the false plea of the natural unfaithfulness and incontinency of the sex; if exclusion from society and imprisonment have been deemed necessary for the preservation of her morals, how greatly has woman been alienated from the original design of her creation!
BRENNER On Feminist Criticism of the Song of Songs 37 Trible's is, of course, personal. I would like to think, however, that the continued dialogue with feminist scholarship—as his response shows—is beginning to leave its mark on 'straight' biblical scholarship. W. Whedbee attempts to reconcile the positions advanced by Landy (pages 129-42) and Brenner (pages 234-57) by bringing 'paradox' and 'parody' together and discussing the significance of the terms for interpreting the SoS. It seems to be highly appropriate that the last contribution to this collection is, yet again, a restatement that draws on feminist and non-feminist work alike.
10,11). An example of virtue, very similar to the one in the Song before us, is recorded in Gen. 7 where a Hebrew slave is tempted by a woman of rank, but resists the temptations; and though left to suffer for a season, is ultimately rewarded for his virtue. Such instances, therefore, are in harmony with the design of Scripture and its method of teaching. The individual who passes through the extraordinary temptations recorded in this Song, and remains faithful, is a woman. Who can find a virtuous woman?
A Feminist Companion to the Song of Songs by Athalya Brenner