Reading scripture from a hermeneutic of rape

Crisp, Beth 2001, Reading scripture from a hermeneutic of rape, Theology and sexuality, vol. 7, no. 14, pp. 23-42, doi: 10.1177/135583580100701403.

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Title Reading scripture from a hermeneutic of rape
Author(s) Crisp, BethORCID iD for Crisp, Beth
Journal name Theology and sexuality
Volume number 7
Issue number 14
Start page 23
End page 42
Publisher Sage
Place of publication London, England
Publication date 2001
ISSN 1355-8358
Summary In order to construct a basis for reading the Bible from a hermeneutics of rape it is argued that this experience is endemic within religious com munities and defines how those who are affected experience and speak about God. Contemporary scholarship has recognized the important work done by communities of readers in constructing the meaning of texts. Those who have been affected by rape constitute an important interpretative community who will approach scriptural texts on the basis of their experience. While the personal experience of rape is dif ficult to articulate, and thus makes the construction of a hermeneutical position hard to describe, the social location of those affected by rape is more easily analysed. From an understanding of this social location it is possible to construct a hermeneutics of rape, both in relation to those scriptural texts in which rape imagery is explicit and also in regard to those in which abusive power is less evident but no less dangerous. The article concludes that while a shared social location does not generate unitary interpretations it nevertheless should be considered as a highly significant feature of the encounter between the reader and the text.

Language eng
DOI 10.1177/135583580100701403
Field of Research 220401 Christian Studies (incl Biblical Studies and Church History)
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2001 by SAGE Publications
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