In this best-selling book, now revised and updated, Alice Ogden Bellis shares the work of feminist and womanist biblical scholars. Examining women’s stories in the Old Testament, Bellis shows how different feminist and womanist scholars have interpreted these texts—texts that have profoundly affected how women understand themselves—in the last thirty-five years. The book includes study questions and a thorough bibliography.
“The fact that the book focuses on biblical stories about women, that it collects them all in one volume, paraphrases them and then interprets them from multiple and diverse scholars reveals the complexity of feminist and womanist interpretation, highlights the benefits and problems of the stories for contemporary women and, implicitly at least, shows the power and the danger of stories in their polyvalence of meaning. The book will be worth buying for the bibliography and notes alone.” —Kathleen M. O'Connor, Professor of Old Testament, Columbia Theological Seminary.