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Handbook of Women Biblical Interpreters: A Historical and Biographical Guide

Handbook of Women Biblical Interpreters: A Historical and Biographical Guide

Marion Ann Taylor, Agnes Choi

| Baker Academic | 2012

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The history of female interpreters of the Bible is a neglected area of study. Marion Taylor presents a one-volume reference tool that introduces readers to a wide array of female Bible interpreters from the entire history of Christianity, from the early church to the twenty-first century. Her research has implications for understanding biblical interpretation—especially the history of interpretation—and the contemporary study of women and the Bible.

Contributions by over 125 top scholars introduce foremothers of the faith who address interpretive issues continuing relevance in faith communities today, such as women’s roles in the church and synagogue and the idea of religious feminism. Women’s interpretations also raise awareness about differences in the ways women and men may read the Scriptures in light of their differing life experiences. This text will prove useful to students, scholars, and pastors, who will be inspired, provoked, and challenged by the women introduced in the handbook. It provides a foundation for further detailed research and analysis.

Author Bios

Marion Taylor

Raised in Toronto, Marion has been teaching Old Testament at Wycliffe since the mid-1980s. She loves teaching an introductory Old Testament course. the Old Testament. She also teaches courses on Jeremiah, Old Testament Theology, Women of the Old Testament, Bad Boys and Bad Girls of the Bible, Women Interpreters of the Bible, Psalms and the History of Old Testament Interpretation. She has recently published Let her Speak for Herself: Nineteenth-century Women Writing on Women in Genesis with Heather Weir. She has just completed a co-edited a volume of essays on nineteenth-century women interpreters with Christiana de Groot of Calvin College. Recovering Nineteenth-Century Women Interpreters will be released later this year as part of the Society of Biblical Literature’s Symposium series. She is currently preparing a biographical dictionary of women interpreters of Scripture. She has received several research grants to support her projects related to women interpreters of Scripture, most recently one from the Lilly Endowment. She is married to Glen Taylor, the other Old Testament professor at Wycliffe, and they have three teenagers and a dog. She loves to spend time reading and writing at their cottage in northern Ontario. She teaches Sunday School during the academic year and in the summer months is a lay reader in the little Anglican church on Eagle Lake. She collects nineteenth century books on the Bible written by women.

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Agnes Choi

Agnes Choi is an assistant professor of New Testament at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, WA.

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