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Quo Vadis, Feminist Scholarship? Reflections From The Threshold Between African And European Biblical Exegesis

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This chapter contains personal reflections of the author, a feminist Old Testament scholar, who reads the text of the Hebrew bible primarily as a woman in a patriarchal world, and secondarily, but inevitably from her being a white Afrikaner woman from a Reformed church tradition, teaching gender studies at an ecumenical faculty. The author's exegesis and her way of actualising her exegesis are informed by her occupying a privileged position on the threshold, inside yet outside, between Western European and African biblical scholarship as well as between two South African cultural groupings. The reflections begin with an overview of the current debate within feminist biblical research. A brief profile of Euro-American (Western) and African-postcolonial feminist approaches serves as the setting against which the author's personal case history is projected.

Keywords: African biblical exegesis; European Biblical Exegesis; feminist scholarship



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