Yet for the past forty years, Trible points out, feminists have been wrestling with the distinctly foreign and ancient aspects of the Biblical text—especially about abortion, marriage, divorce, adultery, rape, prostitution and same-sex relationships—
Trible believes more attention should be spent on the women of the Bible who challenge the paradigm and didn’t fit into the standard patriarchal roles—from queens and prophets to widows and military leaders.
Coogan uses the final chapter of the book to discuss God’s perceived gender and sexuality, from his controversial consort Asherah in popular Israelite religion to the predominance of male language to describe God in the Christian church, while Trible argues for a deeper exploration of female and nongendered language used for God in the Biblical text.
Phyllis Trible’s full book review can be read for free in the Reviews section of the Biblical Archaeology Society’s Web site at www.biblicalarchaeology.org/
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