By Elisabeth Schussler Fiorenza
"Sch?ssler Fiorenza stands one of the so much articulate and revered theologians who've challenged the silence and marginality that experience characterised the good majority of Christian ladies for almost 2,000 years. . . . Bread NotStone engages matters, specific and implicit, which are absolute to spark dialogue, argument, and mirrored image between considerate Christians."-The ny instances ebook assessment
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Extra resources for Bread Not Stone: The Challenge of Feminist Biblical Interpretation
In sum, in reinterpreting their traditions, the biblical writers do not follow the doctrinal or historistic paradigm but rather the paradigm of pastoral or practical theology, insofar as the concrete pastoral situation of the community determines selection, transmission, and creation of the biblical traditions. The New Testament authors rewrote their traditions in the form of letters, gospels, or apocalypses, because they felt theologically compelled to illuminate or censure the beliefs and praxis of their communities.
The next day, when a paper on women in early Christianity was read, the same scholars insisted that it does not make any difference whether or not Jesus preached a sexist gospel. As soon as historical-critical questions were raised in the context of a contemporary debate, the questions lost their scholarly interest because they were closely linked to a contemporary discussion within the church. 16 If the Bible as a historical and canonical book is to gain more influence in the life of the contemporary church, then it is necessary to chart a new paradigm of biblical interpretation that would integrate the two competing paradigms that determine biblical interpretation today.
The Bible becomes for many Christians a security blanket that provides ready-made answers to difficult existential and theological problems. In this popular approach to the Bible, the minister or preacher is the "mouthpiece" of God. In turn, he or she is in danger of preaching as the Word of God what is only his or her own word or prejudice. In controversial theological questions, the Bible functions as proof text or first principle. The biblical books become a source of proof texts that are often taken out of context in order to legitimate predetermined dogmas, principles, or institutions of the Church.