New Meetup: The Feminist Bible

From: Frank B.
Sent on: Sunday, June 13, 2010 3:11 AM
Announcing a new Meetup for Secular Bible Study!

What: The Feminist Bible

When: Tuesday, June 29,[masked]:00 PM

Trinity United Methodist Church
2511 Taylor Street NE
Minneapolis, MN 44418

Had the Bible accepted feminist texts and theology as canon, might we today have a "Pope Magdalene?"

Dr. Carolyn Pressler, Old Testament scholar at United Theological Seminary, will present and moderate group discussion on the topic of feminist biblical theology, including feminine God imagery and stories about women and "feminism" in the Old Testament (including the tales of Miriam and Deborah.)

Dr. Pressler will intermix her presentation material with discussion to help us consider perspectives
on the portrayals of women and the feminine in the Hebrew Old Testament, debating questions like, "What was the Hebrew Bible's instructional purpose, and envisioned role, for women?" "Was there a place for feminism in the Old Testament?" And, "How has feminism fared in Judeo-Christian social and theological evolution?"

SBS attendees will end by discussing a handout of Midrash, New Testament and Apocryphal texts with feminist interpretations or heroines -- including the story of Lilith, "The Gospel of Mary," "The Acts of Peter," and "The Acts of Paul and Thecla" -- to debate questions like, "Did the role of women and feminism expand from the Old to the New Testament?" "What was the historical impact of the early exclusion from the canonical Christian Bible of feminist texts and interpretations, and why were they excluded?" And "Would patriarchalism in Christianity have loosened, had such texts been included within canon?"

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