This book introduces readers to the diverse field of feminist studies on the "Hebrew Bible". Not organized as a traditional introduction to the "Old Testament," the manuscript does not follow a biblical book-by-book structure, but provides an introductory survey of the history and issues as they relate to feminist readings and readers of the "Hebrew Bible". Accordingly, feminist scholars of the Bible, their career struggles, and biblical texts, characters, and themes stand at the forefront of this introduction. The volume is biased toward "Western" feminist scholarship because of the historical developments of feminist scholarship in general and biblical studies in particular. Yet, the chapters also include African, Asian, and Latin American perspectives on feminist studies of the "Hebrew Bible". In short, it offers an overview on the historical, social, and academic developments of reading the "Hebrew Bible" as the "women's Hebrew Bible."
Susanne Scholz is Associate Professor of Religious Studies at Merrimack College in North Andover, Massachusetts, USA. She holds a Ph.D. in Old Testament from Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York.