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Tamar’s Tears

This summer my reading list has been full of prepping for St Andrew’s Hall – books on cross-cultural servanthood, incarnational ministry, cultural intelligence, etc. They’ve been helpful but I must admit I’m thrilled to be almost through the list, because my copy of Tamar’s Tears: Evangelical Engagements with Feminist Old Testament Hermeneutics arrived today and I can’t wait to get stuck into it.

It’s difficult to describe my level of excitement about this book. It’s edited by an Australian for a start, and it features a number of “down under” voices alongside British and American authors. But just think about the title: Feminist Old Testament hermeneutics? Yes please!; From a generous evangelical perspective? Absolutely!

There’s nothing on Jephthah’s daughter in it (do I sense an opening? ;) ) but just about every chapter piques my interest. The final chapter asks, “Can our Hermeneutics be both Evangelical and Feminist? Insights from the Theory and Practice of Theological Interpretation.” Stay tuned folks! I feel a blog series coming on!

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3 replies

  1. p.s. I’ve just checked Ridley’s library catalogue and they don’t have it. Can’t seem to find a section for ‘Book Aquistion Suggestions’ either… should I just bowl up to a librarian and ask if they take acquistion suggestions?

  2. They don’t have it because it’s only just been published (like, a month ago!). I often suggest books to the wonderful librarian and will probably do so with this one as well, though Ridley already has an impressive collection of books on these issues.

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