Women in Genesis Registration
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
See Fall 2020 Christian Education Survey Results Here:
"Womanist Midrash" by the Rev. Dr. Wilda Gafney is a required text for this course. Please select one of the following ways of acquiring the book.
I will purchase the book on my own. (Amazon:
I would like to read PDF files online:
I need technological help purchasing the book.
I need financial help purchasing the book.
You will also need a copy of the Bible to read at home, preferably in the NRSV or CEB translations. (Note: Our recommended study BIble, "The People's Bible," is currently out of stock in most online stores.) Let us know what you plan to do.
I have a Bible or will read the Bible passages for free online; I do not plan to buy one.
I want to purchase a new Bible on my own (Recommendations - NRSV:
I need technological help buying a new Bible.
I need financial help buying a new Bible.
Do you have any friends from outside St. Matthew's who might be interested in this Bible Study? If so, will you invite them to register?
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