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Wisdom's Feast
An Invitation to Feminist Interpretation of the Scriptures
POD; Published: 10/3/2016
ISBN: 978-0-8028-7351-4
Price: $ 18.50
164 Pages
Trim Size, in inches: 6 x 9
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Woman Wisdom in Proverbs 9 invites any who want to learn her ways to come and eat at her table—an image for the rich and satisfying teaching that she offers. In this book Barbara Reid invites readers to this feast, drawing on women's wisdom to offer fresh new interpretations of biblical texts in a way that promotes equal dignity and value for women and men alike.

Reid begins by presenting feminist methods of biblical interpretation and explaining why they are important, giving attention not only to gender perspectives but also to race, class, and culture as determinative factors in how one understands the biblical text. She then presents fresh, readable feminist interpretations of selected Old and New Testament texts. Each chapter concludes with discussion questions for group or personal use.

Making feminist interpretation of Scripture understandable, compelling, and usable, Wisdom's Feast will be valuable to any readers hungry to learn from the rich insights of feminist biblical scholars.
Amy-Jill Levine
—Vanderbilt University
"Attentive to issues of gender, race, ability, and class, aware of the earth and all who inhabit it, historically informed and pastorally relevant, Barbara Reid's volume provides readers—especially those who have been hurt by uninformed interpretations that seek to limit the divine word and that offer cold judgment rather than warm compassion—with essential sustenance."
Carolyn Osiek, RSCJ
—Brite Divinity School
"This is the best available user-friendly guide for reading the Bible from a feminist perspective—helpful for study groups, individuals, or anyone seriously interested in reading the Bible inclusively. From creation stories to Gospel women to images of new life, there is clear and reliable interpretation here."
F. Scott Spencer
—author of Salty Wives, Spirited Mothers, and Savvy Widows: Capable Women of Purpose and Persistence in Luke's Gospel
"A feast indeed! A sumptuous sampling of feminist exegetical insights served up with simple elegance by a consummate scholar. I know of no wiser guide through the challenges and delights of feminist biblical criticism than Barbara Reid. This book is as fine an introduction to the topic as anyone could hope to find. Wherever you might be on the feminist journey, but especially if you're just starting out (come on, men, let's go!), you need to read, savor, and digest this stimulating work."
Expository Times
"A strong recovery of the distinct and dignified humanity of women, and their mutuality with men in the unified image of God that humanity is shown to be. With its style of gentle strength, and content of considered scholarship, and discussion questions closing each chapter, as a study book, it will open minds and hearts to renewed encounters with the Bible, and to renewed relationships."
Alison M. Jack in Journal for the Study of the New Testament
“This is a very accessible introduction to a complex field. . . . The book offers an appetizer to encourage further feasting.”
Frances Taylor Gench in Interpretation
"Reid ably accomplishes her goal, for her readings of a wide range of texts (both liberative and problematic ones) provide a rich feast of feminist food for thought, in a remarkably concise, engaging, and accessible manner, and will no doubt whet appetites for more."