A dialogue on feminist Biblical hermeneutics: Elisabeth Schüssler Fiorenza, Musa Dube, and John Paul II on Mark 5 and John 4

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M.A. in Theological Studies


Department of Religious Studies


Advisor: Jana Marguerite Bennett


The study of feminist biblical hermeneutics is very diverse; it can mean different things to different people. As a result, there is much disagreement concerning how to read Scriptures from a feminist perspective in the correct way. For a proper study of the Scriptures from a feminist point of view, one must converse with other forms of feminist hermeneutics. Therefore, using excerpts from Mark 5 and John 4, this thesis will create a dialogue between the theologians Elisabeth Schüssler Fiorenza, Musa Dube, and John Paul II. In doing so, this thesis will attempt to show a more comprehensive feminist biblical hermeneutic using theological perspectives from Catholic Western feminism, Protestant Two-Thirds World feminism, and the Magisterium.


Schüssler Fiorenza, Elisabeth, 1938- Criticism and interpretation, Dube Shomanah, Musa W, 1964- Criticism and interpretation, John Paul II, Pope, 1920-2005 Criticism and interpretation, Bible Feminist criticism, Bible. Mark, V Hermeneutics, Bible. John, IV Hermeneutics, Feminism Religious aspects Catholic Church, African studies; Bible; Biblical studies; gender studies; religion; theology; womens studies; feminist theology; Mark 5; John 4; Mulieris Dignitatem; postcolonialism; Biblical hermeneutics; Catholic feminism; postcolonial feminist theology; feminist Biblical hermeneutics

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