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A Gender Neutral God/ess

A Gender Neutral God/ess

Be Inclusive but MAKE NO IMAGES was the Religious Change

  • Author: J. J. McKenzie
  • Publisher: BookBaby
  • ISBN: 098537330X
  • Category: Religion
  • Page: 250
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This eBook discusses how the biblical text contains feminine references to what is known today as "God." It traces the development of that feminine dimension from earlier religions and how through revision over the centuries feminine/neuter references to the Deity were masculinized

Dictionary of Biblical Criticism and Interpretation

Dictionary of Biblical Criticism and Interpretation

  • Author: Stanley E. Porter
  • Publisher: Routledge
  • ISBN: 1134635575
  • Category: History
  • Page: 424
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First Published in 2007. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

The Contemporary Torah

The Contemporary Torah

A Gender-sensitive Adaptation of the JPS Translation

  • Author: David E. S. Stein
  • Publisher: Jewish Publication Society
  • ISBN: 0827610424
  • Category: Religion
  • Page: 424
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This adaptation of the JPS translation of the Torah (1962) will appeal to readers who are interested in a historically based picture of social gender roles in the Bible as well as those who have become accustomed to gender-sensitive English in other aspects of their lives. Many contemporary Bible scholars contend that the Bible's original audience understood that the references to God as male simply reflected gendered social roles at the time. However, evidence for this implicit assumption is ambiguous. Accordingly, in preparing this new edition, the editors sought language that was more sensitive to gender nuances, to reflect more accurately the perceptions of the original Bible readers. In places where the ancient audience probably would not have construed gender as pertinent to the text's plain sense, the editors changed words into gender-neutral terms; where gender was probably understood to be at stake, they left the text as originally translated, or even introduced gendered language where none existed before. They made these changes regardless of whether words referred to God, angels, or human beings. For example, the phrase originally translated in the 1962 JPS Torah as "every man as he pleases" has been rendered here "each of us as we please" (Deut. 12:8). Similarly, "man and beast" now reads "human and beast" (Exod. 8:14), since the Hebrew word adam is meant to refer to all human beings, not only to males. Conversely, the phrase "the persons enrolled" has been changed to "the men enrolled" (Num. 26:7), to reflect the fact that only men were counted in census-taking at this time. In most cases, references to God are rendered in gender neutral language. A special case in point: the unpro-nounceable four-letter name for the Divine, the Tetragammaton, is written in unvocalized Hebrew, conveying to the reader that the Name is something totally "other"-- beyond our speech and understanding. Readers can choose to substitute for this unpronounceable Name any of the numerous divine names offered by Jewish tradition, as generations have before our time. In some instances, however, male imagery depicting God is preserved because it reflects ancient society's view of gender roles. David Stein's preface provides an explanation of the methodology used, and a table delineates typical ways that God language is handled, with sample verses. Occasional notes applied to the Bible text explain how gender is treated; longer supplementary notes at the end of the volume comment on special topics related to this edition. In preparing this work, the editors undertook a thorough and comprehensive analysis of the Torah's gender ascriptions. The result is a carefully rendered alternative to the traditional JPS translation. The single most innovative aspect of the gender-sensitive translation offered in The Contemporary Torah is its treatment of the Hebrew word 'ish as a term of affiliation more than of gender. Scholars seeking a fuller explanation of that treatment are invited to read David E.S. Stein's articles in the Journal of Hebrew Scriptures (2008) and in Hebrew Studies (2008).

Good News of the Body

Good News of the Body

Sexual Theology And Feminism

  • Author: Lisa Isherwood
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
  • ISBN: 1441108483
  • Category: Religion
  • Page: 232
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This book examines the power to define sexuality. It asks whether women are even present in the many acts of religious/sexual intercourse that define and control, but rarely engage them. A number of authors reflect from varying perspectives on the status of women within patriarchal understandings of sexuality. They take seriously the bodies of women as sites of resistance to patriarchy, in the pain of those bodies, their fecundity and their capacity for erotic revolution. For this book also explores ways to rebel!

Changing Church

Changing Church

Stories of Liberating Ministers

  • Author: Jann Aldredge-Clanton
  • Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers
  • ISBN: 1610974514
  • Category: Religion
  • Page: 398
  • View: 2904
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Through the fascinating stories of pioneering ministers, this book reveals a unique picture of progressive changes occurring in the Christian tradition. Meeting challenges and overcoming obstacles, these twelve diverse ministers are changing the church as they take prophetic stands on gender, race, interfaith cooperation, ecology, sexual orientation, economic opportunity, and other social justice issues. Believing in the power of sacred symbolism to shape social reality and toÊprovide a foundation for justice and freedom for all people, these ministers lead worship with inclusive language and imagery for humanity and divinity. They include multicultural female and male images of the Divine. Their stories affirm the connection between this expansive theology and an ethic of justice and equality in human relationships. In working from within to change the church, these ministers have risked censure by denominational authorities, loss of opportunities for promotion to larger congregations or to prestigious denominational positions, and even loss of their jobs. They have found creative ways to balance advocating for change and working to support the church, using their positions as ordained clergy to bring liberating change to the church and the wider culture.

Laughter of Aphrodite

Laughter of Aphrodite

reflections on a journey to the goddess

  • Author: Carol P. Christ
  • Publisher: HarperOne
  • ISBN: N.A
  • Category: Religion
  • Page: 238
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Annotation: "Carol Christ clearly articulates the failure of Christianity to validate women's power, will, sexuality, and bonds with other women."-San Francisco Examiner

CCAR Journal

CCAR Journal

  • Author: N.A
  • Publisher: N.A
  • ISBN: N.A
  • Category: Reform Judaism
  • Page: N.A
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The New Job Contract

The New Job Contract

Economic Justice in an Age of Insecurity

  • Author: Barbara Hilkert Andolsen
  • Publisher: United Church Press
  • ISBN: 9780829812725
  • Category: Philosophy
  • Page: 164
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Emphasizing the increasing inequity among women workers - some advance rapidly in their careers while those at society's margins barely get by - Barbara Hilkert Andolsen's study is the first feminist analysis to connect religious understandings of economic justice with the issues facing both workers and the wider community. Expanding her scope to address all workers, she urges the knowledge elites to lessen the distance between themselves and the unskilled and poor in order to forge solidarity in common concerns. The New Job Contract investigates the buy-outs and restructurings to expose the underlying economic transition afoot - and the broader implications for society and families.

Pray Tell

Pray Tell

A Hadassah Guide to Jewish Prayer

  • Author: Jules Harlow,Tamara Cohen
  • Publisher: Jewish Lights Pub
  • ISBN: 9781580231633
  • Category: Religion
  • Page: 363
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A women's commentary on the content and meaning of prayer in Judaism. $20,000 initial Ad/PR budget, 12-city National Tour.

Our Father in Heaven

Our Father in Heaven

Christian Faith and Inclusive Language for God

  • Author: John W. Cooper
  • Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
  • ISBN: 9780801021886
  • Category: Religion
  • Page: 301
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Is it okay to call God mother? John Cooper's Our Father in Heaven explores this question, offering a critique of inclusive language for God. Cooper closely examines how Scripture addresses God and points out the critical differences between the Bible's gendered language for God and inclusive language. In addition, he encourages the church to follow the Bible's model of using feminine imagery in reference to God. In a chapter titled "The Motherly Touch of Our Heavenly Father," he provides specific suggestions for making appropriate use of feminine imagery for God in public worship, church education, evangelism, pastoral counseling, personal devotions, scholarship, and art.