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Ancient Laws and Contemporary Controversies: The Need for Inclusive Biblical Interpretation

Cheryl Anderson


The Ten Commandments (Exodus 20) accept slavery, and Deuteronomy 22 requires a single female who has been raped to marry her rapist. Biblical laws, including these two examples, continue to influence Christian (especially Protestant) attitudes toward women, homosexuals, the poor, as well as those who are from different faiths or racial/ethnic origins. This book argues that such ancient laws and the corresponding contemporary attitudes ignore the harm caused to such groups and fail to consider that these groups may have different, yet valid, perspectives on the meaning of these texts. Specifica ... More

Keywords: Bible, community, exclusion, inclusion, interpretation, biblical laws, marginalized, race, sexuality, women

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780195305500
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195305500.001.0001


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Cheryl Anderson, author
Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary
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