Jewish and Christian Interpretations of Women in the Tanakh

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Course ID: 40636
Location: On Campus

An experience shared by Jewish and Christian women is their representation in the forms of affirmation, marginalization, vilification, erasure, redemption and valorization within sacred texts. This course examines narrative accounts of women in Jewish scripture to discover how the two traditions interpret these accounts. Topics to be explored include: the narrative function of women, gender roles, sex and sexuality, portrayals of good and evil, insiders, outsiders and “boundary-crossers” and violence against women. Where possible, parallel stories and themes within Christian sacred scripture will be studied. Modern Jewish and Christian interpretations will also be studied, with special attention paid to the contemporary experience of minority women and their self-identification in the texts. Implications for dialogue between Jewish and Christian women and men will also be explored.  (May be taken for Rabbinics or Bible credit)