AAR/SBL 2016: JFSR Panel: Sacred Scriptures and Violence Against Wo/men (22 November 2016)
The Sacred Scriptures of world religions inscribe not only violence against wo/men and the culture of feminine subordination but also values of self-affirmation, justice, and well-being. Feminist scholars in religion are well versed in analyzing and interpreting sacred texts in critical, historical, literary, religious and cultural terms. However, they have less focused on developing methods of religious consciousness-raising and empowerment. Such methods seek to enable religious wo/men who have experienced violence and abuse to critically name the rhetoric of violence inscribed in sacred texts and at the same time to identify resources for resisting the culture of feminine subordination, objectification, and dehumanization that have also potential to lead towards healing. The panel will continue our conversation, across religious interpretive boundaries and focus on pedagogies that foster wo/men’s religious agency and the ability to resist and reject violence and subordination on religious grounds.