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Battered Love: Marriage, Sex, and Violence in the Hebrew Prophets By Renita J. Weems,

  • Title: Battered Love: Marriage, Sex, and Violence in the Hebrew Prophets
  • Author: Renita J. Weems
  • ISBN: 9780800629489
  • Page: 254
  • Format: Paperback
  • Weems s pioneering study explores the puzzling ways in which the Hebrew prophets portrayals of divine love, compassion, and conventional commitment often became associated with battery, infidelity, and the rape and mutilation of women She wrestles with the prophets rhetoric and sexual metaphors to uncover Israelite social structures, asking, What is implied about womenWeems s pioneering study explores the puzzling ways in which the Hebrew prophets portrayals of divine love, compassion, and conventional commitment often became associated with battery, infidelity, and the rape and mutilation of women She wrestles with the prophets rhetoric and sexual metaphors to uncover Israelite social structures, asking, What is implied about women, men, and God by the language that the prophets use to describe the covenant between Yahweh and Israel This provocative work by a leading African American biblical scholar delves deeply into issues of intimacy and power, violence and control, seduction and betrayal, and is a searing indictment of the axial points of Israelite religion its covenantal and prophetic traditions and their authority today.
    Battered Love Marriage Sex and Violence in the Hebrew Prophets Weems s pioneering study explores the puzzling ways in which the Hebrew prophets portrayals of divine love compassion and conventional commitment often became associated with battery infidelity an

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    1. This book asks a good question why do some Old Testament metaphors depict violence and brutality against women as a picture of God s judgment of Israel for their disobedience Unfortunately, I didn t find any really good answers here, short of developing a reader response hermeneutic that allows the reader to read the Bible in ways it wasn t meant to be read so that the reader can choose to ignore what makes them uncomfortable Rather than wrestle with these texts head on, she comes across as havi [...]

    2. Guh This book is pretty much written on a 10th grade level, with its circular logic, repetition, and adherence to the essay structure taught to me by my high school English teacher If this had been about a third of its current length, it could have been much better Even so, Weems still doesn t directly answer one of the questions she raises in the introduction so what do we do with the fact that the Bible, in some cases, seems to condone or even advocate violence against women What do we do to d [...]

    3. Sometimes you have to read the bible in ways in wasn t meant to be read in order to find truths behind faulty metaphors Great book.

    4. A text for a Spring 2018 Brite Divinity Course From the publisher Weems s pioneering study explores the puzzling ways in which the Hebrew prophets portrayals of divine love, compassion, and conventional commitment often became associated with battery, infidelity, and the rape and mutilation of women She wrestles with the prophets rhetoric and sexual metaphors to uncover Israelite social structures, asking, What is implied about women, men, and God by the language that the prophets use to describ [...]

    5. I disagreed with the author in several of her conclusions Using metaphors to describe truths always has its weaknesses something which the author and I agree , however, to note that Israel was typified as a promiscuous wife teaches the truth that we should treat women with violence is inaccurate This image does not reinforce violence against women p 115 , nor does it exclude whole segments of mankind from hearing and responding to the message of salvation in Christ Let s be honest, most Christia [...]

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