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Bibil Identifier bibil:246316
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) "Passing Strange"—Reading Transgender Across Genre: Rabbinic Midrash and Feminist Hermeneutics on Esther
Author Adelman, Rachel
Journal Journal of Feminist Studies in Religion (Volume: 30, Issue: 2)
Year (Publication) 2014
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2014
Year (Copyright) 2014
Year (Reference) 2014
Language English
Pages 81-97 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract This article engages in a gender analysis of the stories of Joseph and Esther in the Hebrew Bible, two characters who rise to prominence within the imperial palace in the Diaspora. Both are distinguished by their beauty and charm, their double-names, and feminine guile; both delay the revelation of their identity (as Hebrew/Jew) until the crisis point. In this study, Adelman appropriates classic midrashic interpretations that sharpen the ironies in the biblical text and adapt them in an explicitly feminist hermeneutics. The question remains: How is this reading both continuous with and subversive of the classic rabbinic reading? By noting the seeming absence of God in these two narratives, Adelman suggests a parallel between the increasing autonomy of the characters in exile as they break gender boundaries, and the awakening of our feminist voices as interpreters.
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Books of the Old Testament : Writings : Megilloth : Esther
Thesaurus BiBIL : Old Testament (Introduction) : Theology : Themes : Joseph
Thesaurus BiBIL : Unbound Keywords : Gender Studies
Thesaurus BiBIL : Bible (as a whole) : Bible (as a whole) -- Hermeneutics - Methods : Hermeneutics : LGBT Interpretation
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