By Teresa J. Hornsby, Ken Stone

The essays in Bible hassle all interact queer theories for reasons of biblical interpretation, an extraordinary attempt to this point inside of biblical scholarship. The identify word Bible difficulty performs on Judith Butler s Gender difficulty, gesturing towards a first-rate textual content for modern queer idea. The essays think of, between others, the Lazarus tale, the Ethiopian eunuch, gender difficulty in Judges four and five, the track of Songs, and an unorthodox coupling of the books of Samuel and the movie Paris Is Burning. This quantity issues not just the limits among biblical scholarship and queer idea but additionally the bounds among diverse frameworks at present utilized in the research of biblical literature, together with sexuality, gender, race, category, historical past, and literature. The participants are Ellen T. Armour, Michael Joseph Brown, Sean D. Burke, Heidi Epstein, Deryn visitor, Jione Havea, Teresa J. Hornsby, Lynn R. Huber, S. Tamar Kamionkowski, Joseph A. Marchal, Jeremy Punt, Erin Runions, Ken Stone, Gillian Townsley, Jay Twomey, and Manuel Villalobos.

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However, Robyn Fleming, in a discerning term paper written in 2005, rightly asks: “If Jael is in possession of a penetrating phallus, however symbolic, the question now becomes: Is she still a woman? And it is through that question that we begin to finally uncover the root of the phallocentric discomfort occasioned by Judges 4 and 5” (7). In Fleming’s view it is not reversal but the “gender confusion,” the “complete re-ordering” (7), that makes Jael’s such a powerful portrait. To this intriguing possibility we now turn.

See further Guest 2006, 171–72; Stone 2007, 197. GUEST: FROM GENDER REVERSAL TO GENDERFUCK 29 are really fixable and recoverable once the cat is out of the bag, and how far one’s definition of the “inside” is only held in place by the “outside”— an uncomfortable concession. Insofar as Jael is applauded, it remains an uneasy applause. An Uneasy Applause Jael has long been a person who elicits concerns (see Gunn 2005). At times, it is just the anxiety that is noted, without much recourse to explanation.

Binghamton: Harrington Park Press. Esposito, Jennifer. 2003. The Performance of White Masculinity in “Boys Don’t Cry”: Identity, Desire, (Mis)Recognition.

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