The Queer Bible Commentary

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Deryn Guest
SCM Press, 2006 - Religion - 859 pages
The Queer Bible Commentary brings together the work of several scholars and pastors known for their interest in the areas of gender, sexuality and Biblical studies. Rather than a verse-by-verse analysis, typical of more traditional commentaries, contributors to this volume focus specifically upon those portions of the book that have particular relevance for readers interested in lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender issues such as the construction of gender and sexuality, the reification of heterosexuality, the question of lesbian and gay ancestry within the Bible, the transgendered voices of the prophets, the use of the Bible in contemporary political, socio-economic and religious spheres and the impact upon lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities. Accordingly, the commentary raises new questions and re-directs more traditional questions in fresh and innovative ways, offering new angles of approach. This comprehensive, cutting-edge commentary is prefaced by an introductory essay by Professor Mary Tolbert. Contributors draw on feminist, queer, deconstructionist, utopian theories, the social sciences and historical-critical discourses. The focus is both how reading from lesbian, gay, bisexual and/or transgender perspectives affect the reading and interpretation of biblical texts and how biblical texts have and do affect lesbian, gay, bisexual and/or transgender communities. The commentary includes an extensive bibliography that directs the reader to a full range of literature relating to queer interpretation of scripture.


Jeremiah Angela BauerLevesque
Notes on the Contributors
The Second Testament
Disarming Biblically Based GayBashing 1
and 2 Thessalonians Theodore Jennings 669
GenesisBereshit Michael Carden 21
Exodus Rebecca Alpert 61
Leviticus David Tabb Stewart 77
Numbers Sue Levi Elwell 105
Deuteronomy Deryn Guest 122
Joshua Michael Carden 144
Judges Deryn Guest 167
Ruth Mona West 190

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