By Athalya Brenner
This quantity is the 1st in a chain which supplies a primary source for feminist biblical scholarship, containing a complete number of essays, either reprinted and specifically written for the sequence, by means of major feminist students.
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The Hosean text was, according to our extant sources, the first to develop the literary hyperbole of the love between the monotheistic (male) god and his people (regarded as female). D. Setel discusses female objectification in the Hebrew Bible. She argues that biblical views of female sexuality are largely motivated by a preoccupation with female reproduction and the problem of paternity, and hence with the legitimacy or illegitimacy of female sexuality. She then proceeds to analyse the female 1.
If the Bible teaches the equality of woman, why does the church refuse to ordain women to preach the gospel, to fill the offices of deacons and elders, and to administer the sacraments, or to admit them as delegates to the Synods, General Assemblies and Conferences of the different denominations? They have never yet invited a woman to join one of their Revising Committees, nor tried to mitigate the sentence pronounced on her by changing one count in the indictment served on her in Paradise. The large number of letters received, highly appreciative of the undertaking, is very encouraging to those who have inaugurated the movement, and indicates a growing selfrespect and self-assertion in the women of this generation.
2. Female Authorship and Female Culture Literary authorship is certainly one of the manifestations of culture; to author in a culture is, to a certain extent, to appropriate it in a way that both complements and transcends cultural consumption. Ultimately, the recognition of authorship is an emotional as well as a social concern for both genders: it is a matter of legitimacy and legitimization. No wonder, then, that the uncovering of supposedly suppressed, obliterated and forgotten women's literary and cultural activities has been one of the chief concerns on the agendas of womanly readers.
A Feminist Companion to the Song of Songs by Athalya Brenner