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Troubling Women and Land: Reading Biblical Texts in Aotearoa New Zealand Judith E. McKinlay

Troubling Women and Land: Reading Biblical Texts in Aotearoa New Zealand

Judith E. McKinlay

Published April 28th 2014
ISBN : 9781909697324
Hardcover
234 pages
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 About the Book 

What do women have to do with land? Biblical women such as Rahab, Achsah, and the daughters of Zelophehad have a great deal to do with Israels land concerns, and their roles are indeed found troubling. And there are also questions to be asked ofMoreWhat do women have to do with land? Biblical women such as Rahab, Achsah, and the daughters of Zelophehad have a great deal to do with Israels land concerns, and their roles are indeed found troubling. And there are also questions to be asked of Miriams role in the move from Egypt towards the promised land- of Deborah, involved in a battle with a Canaanite commander- and of Huldah, whose troubling role in Josiahs reform is exposed in a queer-critical reading. Reading such land-focused narratives from the context of Aotearoa New Zealand brings to the surface disturbing connections with that countrys own quite particular experience of colonialism. Such findings call for feminist postcolonial scrutiny. Here, in response, the critical scope is widened by reading these texts contrapuntally with others concerning New Zealands colonial and postcolonial experiences, both past and present. Troubling Women and Land has a personal edge, with the authors voice frequently intruding, without apology, sometimes even holding imaginary conversations with characters and scholars, complementing the use of more traditional critical approaches. What underlies the book is a conviction that reading biblical texts matters in the politics of todays world.