My brief was fairly simple: to provide a critical analysis, description, and discussion of the feminist scholarship that exists concerning the books of Chronicles and Ezra-Nehemiah. Well, this would be simple enough were there something we could call a history of feminist scholarship on these books. Really, there is not. These books, as whole literary units have not been and are still not read critically by feminist biblical scholars. By this I mean that feminist scholars in our discipline do not provide sustained research on and debates about these books in their entirety. Indeed the few feminist engagements with these books can be characterized as 'microreadings', to use Roland Boer's term for the small shards of texts that feminist biblical scholars, in general, seem to favor.' This dearth of scholarship around Chronicles and Ezra-Nehemiah is most clearly evidenced by the fact that in the two series of The Feminist Companion to Biblical Studies there is yet to appear a volume devoted to Chronicles and/or Ezra Nehemiah.
|Title of host publication||Feminist interpretation of the Hebrew Bible in retrospect 1|
|Place of Publication||Sheffield|
|Publisher||Sheffield Pheonix Press|
|Number of pages||22|
|Publication status||Published - 2013|
Kelso, J-A. (2013). Reading silence: The books of Chronicles and ezra-Nehemiah, and the relative absence of a feminist interpretive history. In S. Scholz (Ed.), Feminist interpretation of the Hebrew Bible in retrospect 1 (pp. 268-289). Sheffield Pheonix Press.