Religion, Gender, and the Liberation of Bodies

A Response to Roland Boer, The Sacred Economy of Ancient Israel (Louisville: Westminster John Knox Press, 2015)

In: Horizons in Biblical Theology
Alice A. Keefe Department of Philosophy, University of Wisconsin—Stevens Point Stevens Point, wi 54481 USA

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This response to Roland Boer’s Sacred Economy of Ancient Israel focuses on the categories of religion and gender and how these relate to the issues of power politics and economic oppression in ancient Israel which Boer explores in detail. Concerning religion, Boer’s use of a Braudelian frame for reconstruction ancient Israelite religion is highlighted, and theoretical concerns regarding the materiality of religion are explored. Concerning gender, Boer’s attention to the symbolic links between political/military power and hegemonic masculinity are highlighted, and theoretical concerns about the origin of patriarchy in relation to the origin of private property are explored.

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