Jesus And The Politics Of Interpretation

816 Words Oct 31st, 2016 4 Pages
The contemporary “Historical-Jesus” is in a kyriarchal structure of domination which belittles feminism and Judaism. In Elisabeth Schüssler Fiorenza’s book, Jesus and the Politics of Interpretation, Fiorenza seeks to break the kyriarchal context in which Jesus is and “foster an identity crisis in the scientific self-understanding of the Historical-Jesus scholarship” (Fiorenza 2). Fiorenza, a professor at Harvard Divinity school, specializes in scripture and interpretation from a feminist perspective. She has noticed masculine language which dominates in the construction of the Historical-Jesus and attempts to challenge this language to reform the context of the quest for the Historical-Jesus so it is all inclusive. Jesus and the Politics of Interpretation is not another book which seeks to describe who the Historical-Jesus is; rather, “it is a sustained rhetorical inquiry into the scholarly discourses that produce the Historical-Jesus as an article of trade and an object of spiritual consumption in the global capitalist market”. (Fiorenza 13) The Historical Jesus: A Guide for the Perplexed by Helen K. Bond is a supplement to Fiorenza as it is full of the quests which Fiorenza desires to challenge. The Historical-Jesus as a “symbolic scholarly construct and as an ideologically produced subject” allows elite men to be in a position which subordinates woman (Fiorenza 15). To combat the elite malestream perspective, Fiorenza investigates the power and breaks it down in hopes of…
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