Voices Long Silenced: Women Biblical Interpreters Through the Centuries


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Westminster John Knox Press
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6.0 X 9.0 X 0.83 inches | 1.21 pounds

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About the Author

Marion Ann Taylor, an expert and pioneer in the field of the history of women's biblical interpretation, is professor of Old Testament at Wycliffe College at the University of Toronto. Her publications include the award-winning Handbook of Women Biblical Interpreters: A Historical and Biographical Guide.
Joy A. Schroeder, a Lutheran pastor, specializes in the history of biblical interpretation. She is professor of church history at Trinity Lutheran Seminary and the Department of Religion and Philosophy at Capital University, Columbus, Ohio. She is the author of Deborah's Daughters: Gender Politics and Biblical Interpretation and several other books on the history of interpretation of scripture.


"I am awestruck by this unique book. Spanning centuries from antiquity to today, it features female scriptural interpreters from across the globe from different denominational, class, cultural, racial, and ethnic backgrounds. Joining them, the reader sojourns through history, learning the names and work of the interpreters, the historical and political contexts in which they operated, the methods they used to interpret, and why it is essential for us to engage their work if we truly desire a faithful rendering of our religious history. I cannot overstate the importance of this book or how rewarding it is to read--not a single wasted word" --Jaime Clark-Soles, Professor of New Testament and Altshuler Distinguished Teaching Professor, Perkins School of Theology

"Joy A. Schroeder and Marion Ann Taylor have gifted us with a long survey of women's biblical interpretation from late antiquity to the present moment. They demonstrate that 'women have been interpreting Scripture as long as men.' This volume presents the writings of diverse Christian and Jewish multiethnic women. It is an extraordinary collection and will be invaluable in the classroom. I look forward to teaching it" --Wil Gafney, The Right Rev. Sam B. Hulsey Professor of Hebrew Bible, Brite Divinity School

"Schroeder and Taylor offer a far-reaching, informative, and inclusive crash course on one of the most tragically forgotten threads in Christian history--particularly the history of theology and of biblical interpretation. Their work is a valuable and welcome gift for the many of us--men and women--who struggle to correct the truncated view of history that is our common heritage. They not only show how truncated that view is but also provide tools to correct it"--Justo L. González, church historian and author of The Story of Christianity and A History of Early Christian Literature

"Obstacles to the full participation of women in biblical interpretation have been many, but Schroeder and Taylor show the vigor and imagination with which women have met those obstacles. Ranging across two millennia and a staggering array of sources, Voices Long Silenced instructs, provokes, delights, and even comforts. This is a must-read book" --Beverly Roberts Gaventa, Helen H. P. Manson Professor Emerita of New Testament Literature and Exegesis, Princeton Theological Seminary