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Sacred Witness: Rape in the Hebrew Bible

Author: 
Susanne Scholz (Author) Susanne Scholz (Author)
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In Sacred Witness, Susanne Scholz discusses the wide range of rape texts in biblical literature—some that long have troubled readers, others that should have but didn't, such as texts of marital rape, for example, or metaphorical speech about God as rapist. Assuming the androcentric nature of these writings, Scholz asks how we may read these texts in order to find some redemptive meaning for women, children, and men who have been injured by sexual violence and by "cultures of rape." Sacred Witness provides illuminating reflection on some of the most troubling texts in the Hebrew Bible.
ISBN: 
9780800638610
Price: 
$35.00
ISBN: 
9781451488050
Price: 
$35.00
Release date: 
April 12, 2010
Pages: 
296
Width: 
6
Height: 
9

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Endorsements

"Every person of conscience must read this book. Scholz courageously confronts how biblical stories of rape are used wrongly as tools of terror and war and shows us how to read the most difficult texts of the Bible redemptively instead of oppressively. Her compelling, revelatory interpretations will save the lives of women and girls."
Rita Nakashima Brock
Founding Co-Director of Faith Voices for the Common Good
Visiting Scholar at the Starr King School for the Ministry, Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley

"Sacred Witness is the most comprehensive presentation of rape in the Hebrew Bible to date. This book is a difficult, even challenging read, but as the author argues, actually seeing rape is a sacred task. Do not avert your eyes. Bear witness. Break the silence. Demand that rape stop. This book should be required reading for all women and the men who care about them."
Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite
Professor of Theology
Chicago Theological Seminary