Feminist readings of the Bible

Talitha Fraser’s photo essay of last week’s day seminar of the Australian Collaborators in Feminist Theologies is now online: https://itellyouarise.wordpress.com/2018/05/11/the-state-of-feminist-biblical-scholarship-symposium-11-may-2018/

Pilgrim Theological College was packed for the event with Adela Yarbro Collins from Yale Divinity School, USA, Gerald West from KwaZulu-Natal University, South Africa, Jione Havea from Trinity Methodist College, Aotearoa New Zealand, Rachelle Gilmour from the University of Sydney, as well as a wealth of scholarship from the University of Divinity with Angela Sawyer from Sterling Theological College, and Carolyn Alsen and Dorothy Lee from Trinity College Theological School all giving papers. Katharine Massam and Coralie Ling led prayer.

Yarbro Collins marshalled evidence of women’s leadership in early Christian tradition, and a number of the other speakers explored difficult biblical texts that do not always make their way into lectionary sequences or contexts of worship. Their explorations of the troublesome texts involved calls to both “re-read and re-write the Bible” (West)—hence Havea and West’s embrace of the biblical genre of letter writing for their presentations.

Thank you, Talitha.

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