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Jewish Women's Theology: A Literary Archaeology

Jewish Women's Theology: A Literary Archaeology Abstract: In this paper, I demonstrate specific methods, developed from Jewish and black Womanist traditions, for the derivation of theology and ethics from contemporary Jewish women's literature and auto/biography. In order to recognize these texts as potentially theological, a radical shift in perception and interpretation is required. These texts bring to us Jewish women's experience. More, they contain the Jewish woman's response to that experience. I suggest within that response is an ethics, behind the ethics a theology. These texts then bring to us the theologies of our predecessors and contemporaries. In this paper, then, I explore the possibility that a baseline feminist approach to Jewish women's literature must begin here: viewing every Jewish woman's word as a potential declaration, each context a revelatory setting, all content an epiphany of the hitherto unrevealed and unread Jewish women's experience and situation, pains and glories, wisdom and silence. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Shofar: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Jewish Studies Purdue University Press

Jewish Women's Theology: A Literary Archaeology

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Abstract

Abstract: In this paper, I demonstrate specific methods, developed from Jewish and black Womanist traditions, for the derivation of theology and ethics from contemporary Jewish women's literature and auto/biography. In order to recognize these texts as potentially theological, a radical shift in perception and interpretation is required. These texts bring to us Jewish women's experience. More, they contain the Jewish woman's response to that experience. I suggest within that response is an ethics, behind the ethics a theology. These texts then bring to us the theologies of our predecessors and contemporaries. In this paper, then, I explore the possibility that a baseline feminist approach to Jewish women's literature must begin here: viewing every Jewish woman's word as a potential declaration, each context a revelatory setting, all content an epiphany of the hitherto unrevealed and unread Jewish women's experience and situation, pains and glories, wisdom and silence.

Journal

Shofar: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Jewish StudiesPurdue University Press

Published: Oct 3, 1999

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