Botha, Annelie. “Yolanda Dreyer: Haar Proses van Bewusmaking – ’n Waarderende Refleksie Op Haar Bydrae Tot Die Akademiese Diskoers Ten Opsigte van Die Temas Gender, Huwelik En Seksualiteit.” HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies 73, no. 4 (2017): 12.
Claassens, L. Juliana M. “‘Give Us a Portion among Our Father’s Brothers’: The Daughters of Zelophehad, Land, and the Quest for Human Dignity.” Journal for the Study of the Old Testament 37, no. 3 (March 2013): 319–37.
AbstractClaassens explores how the image of the keeners, or wailing women, who in Jeremiah 9:17–20 are called by God to raise a lament over the beleaguered people of Judah, serves as a powerful symbol of survival of an injured people seeking to come to terms with the tragedy that had befallen them. Employing insights from trauma theory, this article investigates the significance of the wailing women in Judah's process of dealing with extreme trauma as reflected in the book of Jeremiah. Moreover, Claassens suggests that the image of the wailing women calling upon people to weep and wail in times of tragedy offers resources for contemporary readers who themselves are facing personal or corporal trauma.
Claassens, L. Juliana M. “Female Resistance In Spite of Injustice: Human Dignity and the Daughter of Jephthah.” Old Testament Essays 26, no. 3 (2013): 607–22.
Claassens, L. Juliana M. “The Rhetorical Function of the Woman in Labor Metaphor in Jeremiah 30-31: Trauma, Gender and Postcolonial Perspectives.” Journal of Theology for Southern Africa 150 (November 2014): 67–84.
AbstractThis article focused on feminist theory, feminist theology, the origins of the patriarchal marriage, and hermeneutics of suspicion. It aimed to provide language for articulating past and present experiences of women from a theological and hermeneutical perspective. The article discussed women's spirituality and the failure of the patriarchal marriage to nurture self-perception (how I see myself), life orientation (where I am in the world) and identity (who am I in the world), with regard to women's spirituality. The article also gave details about the variety of feminisms that exist in theology both in the past and in the present.
Dube, Musa W. “Between the Spirit and the Word: Reading the Gendered African Pentecostal Bible.” HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies 70, no. 1 (2014): 7.
AbstractThe article first compares the apocryphal Acts with the ancient novel, highlights the function of nostalgia in both sets of texts, and considers the connection between the tendency to characterize women as rich and the authorship of the apocryphal Acts. Next it compares the apocryphal Acts with the Pastoral epistles (especially 1 Timothy) in an attempt to illuminate the agenda of the former (nostalgia for a past that actually existed but is now under threat). Finally it considers the history of women in African Independent Churches in Southern Africa in light of the apocryphal Acts to empower women in Southern Africa and elsewhere to claim their his/herstory against gender discrimination in the church and society.--C.R.M. Abstract Number: NTA44-2000-2-1477
Dube, Musa W. “Fifty Years of Bleeding: A Storytelling Feminist Reading of Mark 5:24-43.” The Ecumenical Review 51, no. 1 (January 1999): 11–17.
AbstractNoting that the translation of Gen 2:18-25 is relatively problem-free, E.-K. investigates the text primarily from the perspective of Jungian individuation theory. She then combines the results of this analysis with the findings of feminist interpretations of the passage in order to deconstruct its androcentic applications. [Abstracted by: Jonathan S. Greer] Abstract Number: OTA34-2011-FEB-185
Efthimiadis-Keith, Helen. “Is There a Place for Women in the Theology of the Psalms? Part I An Investigation into the Female Imagery of the Ancient Hebrew Psalter.” Old Testament Essays 12, no. 1 (1999): 33–56.
AbstractE.-K. continues a research project investigating the place of women in the theology of the ancient Hebrew Psalter (see OTA 24  #368). Her earlier article sought to determine the nature of this "place" from the perspective of the female imagery in the book. This installment deals with the self-expression of the "I," its identity and the possibility of female authorship for at least some of the Psalms. It also integrates the findings of a questionnaire that tested the response of men and women to the Psalms. [Abstracted by: Robert D. Haak] Abstract Number: OTA31-2008-FEB-303
Efthimiadis-Keith, Helen. “Judith, Feminist Ethics and Feminist Biblical/Old Testament Interpretation.” Journal of Theology for Southern Africa 138 (November 2010): 91–111.
Efthimiadis-Keith, Helen. “Text and Interpretation: Gender and Violence in the Book of Judith, Scholarly Commentary and the Visual Arts from the Renaissance Onward.” Old Testament Essays 15, no. 1 (January 2002): 64–84.
AbstractThe Book of Judith is replete with anomalies, not least of which is the character of its eponymous heroine. Judith is at once presented as a saintly, pure, wise, God-fearing, and yet a vampish, verbally and sexually deceptive widow--a heady mixture of qualities that have elicited more than their fair share of comments and interpretations over the years. E.-K. contends that one of the book's main anomalies concerning its main character is the way that she so easily traverses stereotyped gender roles and perceptions. In particular, E.-K. examines the way that the portrayal of Judith blurs gender lines and obfuscates which gender kills, both within the text and in its artistic renditions from the Renaissance period to the present time. [Adapted from published abstract--Robert D. Haak].] Abstract Number: OTA26-2003-OCT-1875
Efthimiadis-Keith, Helen. “What Makes Men and Women Identify with Judith?: A Jungian Mythological Perspective on the Feminist Value of Judith Today.” HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies 68, no. 1 (2012): 9.
Efthimiadis-Keith, Helen. “Women, Jung and the Hebrew Bible: An Evaluation of Jungian Interpretations of Hebrew Bible Texts by Way of the Book of Ruth.” Biblical Interpretation 23, no. 1 (2015): 78–100.
AbstractPatriarchy is pervasive in rural communities in South Africa. The HIV/AIDS pandemic has forced African women theologians to address the issues of culture and poverty that are exacerbating the crisis for women. This article argues that faith resources are critical to participatory learning about the issues of HIV/AIDS. The Bible, which is central to African Christian women's lives, can be used to initiate discussions around taboo subjects such as sexuality, HIV/AIDS, and gender violence. However, for such discussions to occur, safe and sequestered sites need to be created and utilized. Notwithstanding these safe sites, not all discourses will shift from safe sites to the public realm. These issues are discussed using two case studies from a contextual Bible study group of poor and marginalized Christian women in the rural community of Vulindlela, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. The first case study focuses on the group's reading of the biblical passage on the rape of Tamar (2 Sam. 13:1-22), and the second on the group's reading about the woman with the hemorrhage who was healed (Mark 5:21-43). An analytical comparison of these two contextual Bible studies, one on rape and the other on an ailment that can be compared to HIV/AIDS, seeks to determine under what conditions women's "hidden" discourse will move into the public realm in their communities. The article concludes by exploring the role of the activist-intellectual, arguing that her role is both to nurture safe sites where women's voices may be heard and to mediate these voices in the public realm so as to influence public policy.
Hadebe, Nontando M. “HIV/AIDS, Women and Gender.” Church & Society 94, no. 2 (November 2003): 29–35. -.
Kaunda, Chammah J., and Benjamin J. Pokol. “African Christianity, Myth of Creation, and Gender Justice: An African Feminist Re-Inculturation Perspective.” Journal of Feminist Studies in Religion 35, no. 1 (2019): 5–19.
Kaunda, Chammah J., and Isabel A. Phiri. “African Instituted Churches Pneumatology and Gender Justice in the Work of GC Oosthuizen: An African Feminist Pneumatological Perspective.” Scriptura 115 (2016): 12.
AbstractK.'s article is based on a paper read at a conference on "Exegesis and Actualisation in Africa and Europe: A dialogue" held in Stellenbosch in January-February 2006. The dialogue partners at the conference were biblical scholars from Europe and South Africa as well as African countries north of South Africa. The object of the conference was to explore similarities and differences between African and European exegesis and to investigate, through dialogue, the common perception that European exegesis is inclined to be sterile and intellectual, while African exegesis tends to a more contextualizing and actualizing approach to the text. As an Afrikaner feminist scholar, K. found herself in an ambiguous position between two cultures and exegetical approaches, this raising questions about her experience in academia, in her church tradition, social life, and white Afrikaner context. How then do these contexts affect her exegesis? K. here responds to these questions in an autobiographical style. [Abstracted by: Christopher T. Begg] Abstract Number: OTA30-2007-OCT-1002
Kondemo, Marthe M. “What Now of the Vashti Character in the Hebrew Bible?: Ruminating on the Future of the Circle of Concerned African Women Theologians among Emerging Scholars in Democratic Republic of the Congo.” Verbum et Ecclesia 37, no. 2 (2016).
Maier, Christl M., Madipoane J. Masenya, Jacqueline E. Lapsley, Charlene Van der Walt, Mercedes L. García Bachmann, and L. Juliana M. Claassens. “Assessing the Use of Gender in Current Biblical Scholarship: A Panel Discussion at the IOSOT Congress in South Africa.” Lectio Difficilior 2 (2016): 1–32.
Masenya, Madipoane J. “A Literary Figure or Patriarchal Reality?: Reflections on the ‘ēšet Hayil in Light of Depictions of Womanhood from Selected Yorùbá and Sotho Proverbs.” Verbum et Ecclesia 39, no. 1 (2018): 7.
Masenya, Madipoane J. “All from the Same Source?: Deconstructing a (Male) Anthropocentric Reading of Job (3) through an Eco-Bosadi Lens.” Journal of Theology for Southern Africa 137 (July 2010): 46–60.
Masenya, Madipoane J. “For Ever Trapped?: An African Voice on Insider/Outsider Dynamics within South African Old Testament Gender-Sensitive Frameworks.” Old Testament Essays 27, no. 1 (January 2014): 189–204.
Masenya, Madipoane J. “Searching for Affirming Notions of (African) Manhood in the Paean in Praise of the ’Ēšet Ḥayil?: One African Woman’s Response to Joel K. T. Biwul’s Article, ‘What Is He Doing at the Gate?’” Old Testament Essays 29, no. 2 (2016): 360–69.
AbstractAfter discussing the basic principles for feminist interpretation (equality, mutuality) and the situation of black women in South Africa, the article explores three options in biblical interpretation to see how useful they may be for a black feminist hermeneutics: looking to texts about women to counteract famous texts used "against" women, looking to the Bible generally for a theological perspective offering a critique of patriarchy, and looking to texts about women to learn from the history and stories of ancient and modern women living in patriarchal cultures.--D.J.H. Abstract Number: NTA40-1996-2-694
Masenya, Madipoane J. “Who Calls the Shots in Naomi’s Life?: Reading the Naomi-Ruth Story Within the African Religio-Cultural Context.” Acta Theologica 24 (2016): 84–96.
AbstractThe article focuses on need for liberation theology principles in settings of feminism in South Africa due to exploitation faced by those African women. Topics discussed include interpretation of Christian faith by feminist theology from perspective of exploitation of women, inclusion of agendas like equality of sexes and women's rights into feminist theology and consideration of the Bible as true revelation of God.
Nortjé-Meyer, Lilly. “A Critical Analysis of Gretha Wiid’s Sex Ideology and Her Biblical Hermeneutics.” Verbum et Ecclesia 32, no. 1 (2011): 7.
AbstractIn Nigeria, available data revealed that most women – especially Christian women – are poorly represented in the political arena. The paper provides an in-depth analysis of the need for Christian women to be actively involved in Nigerian governance. The leadership quality, style and successes of Deborah in the Bible is used as a case study, to encourage Nigerian Christian women to show interest in political offices so that they can help to remove the scourge of human indignity that is plaguing the country. The paper explores some of the factors that are holding Christian women back from being involved in governance. This is achieved with reference to relevant books and personal interviews. Some of the factors identified as the constraints that keep women inactive in governance are socio-cultural constraints, violence that characterized governance, organization constraints, the poor leadership examples of some women, and economic and domestic workload. The paper therefore recommended that Interested and virtuous Christian women should come on board like Deborah to contribute their own quota to the progress and growth of Nigeria.
Phiri, Isabel A. “Keynote: Gender Justice.” Reformed World 67, no. 2 (2017): 13–23.
Ryan, Mary, and Tamara Shefer. “An Exploratory Study of the Impact of a Postgraduate Module on Feminist Theology on the Consciousness and Practice of a Group of Church-Going Women.” Journal of Theology for Southern Africa 129 (November 2007): 82–98.
Siwila, Lilian C. “From a Father-in-Law to a Client: A Reading of Genesis 38 through Religio-Cultural Sexual and Reproductive Rights in the Ethiopian Context.” Journal of Theology for Southern Africa 154 (March 2016): 141–55.
AbstractUsing S. Toulmin's description of the heritage of modernity, S. discusses the problem of readers' identification with characters in the Bible that provides them with a model of virtue or an impetus to structure their own lives or that of their religious community. Such identification can be disastrous since readers' contexts and those of the character in the story are utterly different. Identification with the character of Esther and her request for a second day of bloodshed, in particular, are taken as a point of departure in S.'s study. The degree to which readers (for example, a critical feminist group within Western European Christianity or African students in the context of South Africa) are able to identify with biblical characters and the moral force of identification are addressed. S. concludes with a discussion on narrative rationality that encourages readers to look for moral meaning rather than legalistic principles. [Adapted from published abstract--Robert D. Haak].] Abstract Number: OTA26-2003-OCT-1637
Snyman, Gerrie. “The African and Western Hermeneutics Debate: Mimesis, The Book of Esther, and Textuality.” Old Testament Essays 25, no. 3 (2012): 657–84.
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