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The Bible and FeminismRemapping the Field$
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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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Stood Weeping Outside the Tomb

Stood Weeping Outside the Tomb

Dis(re)membering Mary Magdalene

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(p.150) Chapter 8 Stood Weeping Outside the Tomb
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The Bible and Feminism
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Anna Fisk

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198722618.003.0009

This chapter concerns the task of mourning and re-membering in feminist scholarship, imaged through the Gospel narratives of Mary Magdalene weeping at the empty tomb of Jesus. It reads biblical scholar Jane Schaberg’s efforts at feminist historical reconstruction of Mary Magdalene’s witness to the resurrection, along with novelist Michèle Roberts’s reflections on the impossibility of feminist revisioning. Alongside this scholarly mourning, I tell my own Easter story, of my friend’s death in our early twenties. Fragments from feminist biblical scholarship and literature, placed alongside bits of autobiography are pieced together to produce a collage that maintains the necessity of mourning and the inevitable failure of feminist revisioning.

Keywords:   autobiographical biblical criticism, feminist revisioning, Jane Schaberg, Mary Magdalene, Michèle Roberts, mourning, resurrection accounts

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