Feminist Approaches to the Bible


During the last decades, feminist studies has developed into a vibrant field of research in which epistemological, hermeneutical, and methodological questions  have been interrogated in fresh ways.  This workshop aims to contribute to the going discussions of central epistemological, hermeneutical, and methodological questions vital to (feminist) biblical studies. The discussions include diverse theoretical perspectives, the creation of new knowledge, and a critical self-reflections within the field of biblical studies as a whole.  Taking Feminist Interpretation of the Hebrew Bible in Retrospect as point of departure for our explorations, the panel of this workshop aims to feature feminist and non-feminist scholars from various countries and academic traditions, including queer, masculinity, and other intersectional perspectives,  Particular emphasis will be placed on the global histories of interpretation to avoid essentializing, heteronormative, or dogmatic notions about ”women,” as critically interrogated in gender, queer, and masculinity studies.

Focus on theoretical issues will also make the panel relevant to New Testament scholars.


Susanne Scholz, Perkins School of Theology, Dallas, TX, USA

Hanna Stenström, Stockholm School of Theology


Leuven 2016

The organizers invite scholars to submit proposals that engage hermeneutical, methodological, and exegetical issues of their choice in conversation with Feminist Interpretation of the Hebrew Bible in Retrospect (Sheffield Phoenix Press, 2013, 2014). Presenters will also be asked to include their reflections on new ways for doing feminist exegetical work in the twenty-first century.  Presentations will be followed by discussion.

The Annual Conference 2021
takes place 2-5 August
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