An Ecological Feminist Reading of the Gospel of Luke (Studies in Women & Religion S. v. 45)

An Ecological Feminist Reading of the Gospel of Luke (Studies in Women & Religion S. v. 45)

By: Anne F Elvey (author)Hardback

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Central to the ecological feminist approach, is the notion of "the material given" developed in conversation with Gayatri Spivak's reading of the pregnant body as "prepropriative," Jacques Derrida's reading of "the gift" and Jean Luc Marion's understanding of "giveness." This use of postmodern discourse to inform an ecological feminist hermeneutics is an innovation in ecofeminist theology and biblical studies.

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Professor Anne Elvey received her Ph.D. at Monash University. She is Lecturer at the Australian Catholic University.

Contents

LIST OF TABLES xi; ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS xiii; ABBREVIATIONS xix; PREFACE: Elaine Wainwright xxi; CHAPTER 1; Introduction 3; 1.1 The Subjecthood of Earth and Biblical Interpretation 6; 1.1.1 World/s and Textual Worlds 6; 1.1.2 Contextual Approaches: Feminist Approaches and Ecology 10; 1.2 Reading Ecologically 14; 1.2.1 Ecology and Biblical Interpretation 15; 1.2.2 The Earth Bible Project 16; 1.2.2.1 Ecojustice Principles 16; 1.2.2.2 Earth Bible Readings and Ecofeminism 18; 1.2.2.3 The Earth Bible and Ecobosadi Perspectives 19; 1.2.2.4 Earth Bible Readings of Lukan Texts 21; 1.2.3 Multidimensional Approaches 23; 1.3 Geophany, Earth as Intertext and the Voice of Earth 25; 1.4 Reading the Gospel of Luke in an Ecological Feminist Frame 28; CHAPTER 2; Ancient Memories: Pregnant Bodies and Earth 31; 2.1 Interpreting Representations of the Pregnant Body 34; 2.2 Changes in Representation of the Pregnant Body 37; 2.2.1 Giver of Life and Death and Site of Transformation 37; 2.2.2 The Fertility of the River and the Fecundity of Death 39; 2.2.3 The Many Fertilities of the Female 43. 2.2.4 The Promise of the One 46; 2.2.5 Written Body to Pregnant Mind 50; 2.2.6 From Gestations of Pain and Hope to Virgin Conception 53; 2.2.7 Summary 56; 2.3 Human Relationships to Nature in the Social Worlds of Luke 57; 2.4 Conclusion 66; CHAPTER 3; On Remembering the Material Given: Pregnant Bodies and Earth 69; 3.1 The Pregnant Body as "Prepropriative" 70; 3.1.1 The "Man-consolidating Other" 70; 3.1.2 What is Kept 74; 3.1.3 An Earth Mode of Keeping 79; 3.2 The Gift 84; 3.2.1 The Gift as Aneconomic 84; 3.2.2 The Gift in the Gospel of Luke 87; 3.2.3 The Impossible? 92; 3.3 The Necessity of the Given 96; 3.3.1 The Divine Necessity 97; 3.3.2 The Material Given 98; 3.4 Making Place 102; 3.4.1 The Abgrund of the Gift 102; 3.4.2 The Material Ground of Discourse 104; 3.4.3 Returning the Material to Reading Luke 106; 3.5 Conclusion 108; CHAPTER 4; The Birth of the Mother: A Reading of Luke 2:1-20 111; 4.1 Feminist Theorising of Pregnancy and Birth 111; 4.2 Reading as Remembering the Pregnant Body 116; 4.3 Remembering the Pregnant Body in Reading Luke 2:1-20 117; 4.3.1 The Time of Giving Birth 122; 4.3.2 The Sign of the Manger 124; 4.3.3 A Birth to or for the Shepherds 126; 4.4 The Birth of the Mother 132; 4.5 The Keeping Woman 134; 4.6 Keeping Place 135; 4.7 Conclusion: A Gestational Paradigm 141; CHAPTER 5; Keeping, Women, Earth and Death 143; 5.1 Keeping, Watching, Preserving, Storing 145; 5.1.1 Biblical Understandings of Keeping 145. 5.1.2 Keeping and Storing 149; 5.1.3 Keeping (an) Account 152; 5.2 Attentive Action 154; 5.2.1 Hearing, Keeping and Doing 154; 5.2.2 Martha and Mary: Splitting Hearing and Doing 163; 5.3 Serving and Preserving 166; 5.3.1 Proper Activity 166; 5.3.2 The Improper 170; 5.4 Gestating Death 174; 5.4.1 Storing Death and Life 174; 5.4.2 Storing Death in the Text 183; 5.5 Conclusion 193; CHAPTER 6; The Outsider Within 197; 6.1 The Other in Biblical Traditions 198; 6.2 The Divine Guarantee in the Gospel of Luke 204; 6.2.1 The Divine Visitation and the Pregnant Body 204; 6.2.2 The Divine Purpose, Compassion and the Other 205; 6.2.3 Jesus, John and the Other-than-human 209; 6.2.4 Jesus, Women and the Other 211; 6.3 Outside in the Story 217; 6.4 Conclusion 221; CHAPTER 7; Compassion and the Other 223; 7.1 Loving Nature? 226; 7.2 Lukan Others 232; 7.2.1 Assurance and the Other 232; 7.2.2 A Pattern of (Com)passion 237; 7.2.3 Who Is My Neighbour? 242; 7.3 Ambiguous Alterities 243; 7.4 Conclusion 245; CHAPTER 8; The Lukan Basileia 249; 8.1 A Climate of Expectation 251; 8.1.1 Apocalyptic Expectation 252; 8.1.2 Contrasting Kingdoms 256; 8.2 The Time and Space of the B[alpha][sigma][iota][lambda][epsilon][iota][alpha] of God 259; 8.3 The Divine [DELTA][epsilon][iota] and the Excess of the B[alpha][sigma][iota][lambda][epsilon][iota][alpha] 270; 8.4 Blessing and the Excess of the B[alpha][sigma][iota][lambda][epsilon][iota][alpha] 277. 8.4.1 Redefining Hospitality 277; 8.4.2 Blessing Matter 281; 8.5 The Improper Excess: Weeds and Leaven 286; 8.6 Conclusion 291; CONCLUSION 293; BIBLIOGRAPHY 301; INDEX OF ANCIENT AUTHORS AND SOURCES 363; INDEX OF MODERN AUTHORS 377; INDEX OF SUBJECTS 383.

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  • publication date: 30/11/2005
  • ISBN13: 9780773459748
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 412
  • ID: 9780773459748
  • ISBN10: 077345974X

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