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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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Pinkwashing Paul, Excepting Jesus

Pinkwashing Paul, Excepting Jesus

The Politics of Intersectionality, Identification, and Respectability

(p.432) Chapter 24 Pinkwashing Paul, Excepting Jesus
The Bible and Feminism

Joseph A. Marchal

Oxford University Press

This chapter repurposes the critique of ‘pinkwashing’ in order to address the evasions of feminist and queer interpretations of biblical figures like Jesus and Paul. A practice highlighted within both feminist and queer politics, pinkwashing describes claims of inclusion or tolerance for women and, or as LGBT people, as an effort to evade or cover for violence, exploitation, or oppression. Such practices can also take the form of insisting upon the exceptionalism of a group or nation in comparison to apparently lesser or lower populations. Feminist interpreters have historically grappled with a similar phenomenon when colleagues have claimed an exceptionally tolerant Jesus by way of an anti-Jewish projection. When combined with more recent analyses, such history demonstrates the necessity of an intersectional approach to the politics of scholarly identification and respectability among feminist and queer biblical interpreters.

Keywords:   anti-Judaism, exceptionalism, feminist biblical interpretation, intersectionality, pinkwashing, Jasbir Puar, queer biblical interpretation

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