THE STORY OF THE HEMORRHAGING WOMAN (MARK 5:25-34) READ FROM A JAPANESE FEMINIST CONTEXT HISAKO KINUKAWA Tokyo Women's Christian University, Tokyo I would like to read the miracle story of the hemorrhaging woman in Mark 5:25 - 34 in a Japanese context from a feminist perspective. I start with analysing the patriarchy that we have experienced in Japan in three aspects: the Emperor system, the culture of honor/ shame, and purity codes. Then I will read the miracle story from three angles: those of the woman as i) one of the outcast community; ii) a volitional agent; and iii) a challenger of power. This will lead to a discussion of the two issues of women and of outcasts in our country. Japanese Context: Patriarchy If I am asked to characterise the political, social and cultural milieu of contemporary Japan, I immediately reply that it is genu- inely patriarchal. Patriarchy has been the heuristic key-concept for feminist critical analyses of biblical texts, but the patriarchy which we Japanese have experienced is very different from that of other countries and distinctively close to that of first century Palestine. a. The Emperor ,System (1) Emperor as a Living God Patriarchy in
Biblical Interpretation – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 1994
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