This course will survey the women of Genesis, the first book in the Old Testament / Hebrew Bible. While the Bible is predominantly written by men and through patriarchal, male biases, women are featured more often than is commonly known. Our main text, Womanist Midrash, is a seminal book by the Rev. Wilda C. Gafney, Ph.D., an Episcopal priest and biblical scholar. Dr. Gafney offers ancient and modern commentary on the women of Israel’s scriptures, highlighting their oft-neglected experiences, perspectives, and lessons for today.
This course will (1) re-familiarize participants with the content of Genesis; (2) introduce or reintroduce contextual biblical interpretation, especially womanist (i.e. Black feminist and liberationist) interpretations; (3) highlight the stories of women in Genesis, even in places where their role in the narrative is relatively small; and (4) empower participants to read and interpret the Bible critically, with an appropriate infusion of one’s own cultural perspective and respect for the perspectives of others.
Every Sunday at 11:00 AM - 12:00 noon for 6 sessions
October 18 - November 22, 2020
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