Edited by Amy Kalmanofsky
At the heart of many religions are sacred texts that depict or even incite sexual violence. Most is directed against women. Speaking from a variety of faith traditions, feminist scholars ask whether or not such texts can be interpreted in a manner that promotes healing from sexual violence and abuse. Sexual Violence and Sacred Texts provides an informed and passionate, interfaith dialogue for scholars seeking to engage current social issues and the impact of religion on women and girls globally. The resulting scholarship empowers women and religious leaders to confront sacred texts that re-inscribe sexual violence and to promote gender equity for the flourishing of spiritual lives.
Amy Kalmanofsky is a graduate of the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College and an associate professor of Bible at The Jewish Theological Seminary, teaching courses on biblical literature, religion, and feminist interpretation of the Bible. Dr. Kalmanofsky has written numerous articles examining the biblical representation of women and the roles women play in the Bible. Her most recent book, The Dangerous Sisters of the Hebrew Bible(Fortress Press, 2014) explores the biblical portrayal of sisters and sisterhoods, and argues that both play a vital role in the Bible’s narrative. She currently is working on a book entitled Gender-Play in the Hebrew Bible which explores the ways in which the Bible defies and challenges its gender norms.
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