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Writing the Wrongs: Women of the Old Testament among Biblical Commentators from Philo through the Reformation

John L. Thompson


Passages in the Old Testament that tell of violence against women have received intense scrutiny from feminist biblical critics, who have also decried the way these women's terrifying stories have been neglected or discounted over the centuries. But how did these women and their stories really fare at the hands of traditional, “precritical” interpreters? This book examines scores of biblical commentaries from the Judeo‐Christian tradition, ranging from Philo and patristic authors, through medieval and rabbinic interpreters, to the Protestant Reformers and other commentators of the sixteenth ce ... More

Keywords: feminist biblical criticism, Genesis (exegesis of), Hagar, history of interpretation, Jephthah's daughter, Judges (exegesis of), Levite's concubine, Lot's daughters, Old Testament, precritical exegesis, reception history, terror, texts of terror

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2001 Print ISBN-13: 9780195137361
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003 DOI:10.1093/0195137361.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

John L. Thompson, author
Fuller Theological Seminary
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