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Yvonne Sherwood

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780198722618

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198722618.001.0001

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The Inheritance of Gehinnom

The Inheritance of Gehinnom

Feminist Midrash as a Vehicle for Contemporary Bible Criticism

(p.203) Chapter 11 The Inheritance of Gehinnom
The Bible and Feminism

Deborah Kahn-Harris

Oxford University Press

This chapter provides a framework for the creation of contemporary feminist midrashim. It begins by providing a justification for the inclusion of women’s voices in classical forms of Jewish commentary, followed by a basic overview of the genre of midrash. The chapter then lays out a possible framework for the creation of feminist midrash, including a discussion of reader-response theory, middot, and feminist hermeneutics. Following on from the theoretical, a concrete example of a feminist midrash is given on the subject of Genesis 1:26. Some detailed linguistic analysis of this verse is explored in order to help explicate the questions being addressed by the midrash. An analysis of the midrash concludes the chapter.

Keywords:   midrash, hermeneutics, Genesis, Tselem, D’mut

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