- Queere Lesarten des Buchs Ruth und der Schöpfungsberichte
- 3. FrauenFrühlingsUniversität Graz
- Book/source title
- Frauenin/transFormation: Beiträge zur FrauenFrühlingsUniversität Graz 2009
- Pages (from-to)
- Planet Verlag
- Document type
- Conference contribution
- Faculty of Humanities (FGw)
- Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis (ASCA)
The author offers queer readings of two selected texts from the Hebrew Bible, namely ways of reading the Book of Ruth and the two accounts of creation in the Book of Genesis. Her discussion of this biblical story and the creation accounts shows the diversity of possible queer interpretations based on particular understandings of queer or on different approaches to the queer theory. Referring to the Book of Ruth, the authors explains why certain biblical passages are especially suited to queer appropriation for lesbian, bi-sexual and polyamorous midrashim and ceremonies (1.1.). She describes the blurring of sexually defined roles in the Hebrew Bible (1.2.). She offers a line of argument analogous to a biblical Halakha for queer persons today (1.3.). In connection with the creation stories, queer readings are presented in accordance with approaches of the queer theoreticians Monique Wittig and Judith Butler (2.1.). Finally, the author points to the interpretation of a biblical figure as androgynous (2.2.) To concentrate exclusively on the issue of sexuality (in connection with queer) is a result of contemporary concerns. In conclusion, she deals with the striking points of overlap between the blurring of sexually defined roles, ethnicity, religion, age, survival and power(lessness) in the Book of Ruth and her queer re-reading of Gen 1:27 in reference to the creation of humankind.
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