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Author(s): Deryn Guest, Robert Goss, Mona West
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The Queer Bible Commentary brings together the work of several scholars and pastors known for their interest in the areas of gender, sexuality and Biblical studies.
Rather than a verse-by-verse analysis, typical of more traditional commentaries, contributors to this volume focus specifically upon those portions of the book that have particular relevance for readers interested in lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender issues such as the construction of gender and sexuality, the reification of heterosexuality, the question of lesbian and gay ancestry within the Bible, the transgendered voices of the prophets, the use of the Bible in contemporary political, socio-economic and religious spheres and the impact upon lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities.Accordingly, the commentary raises new questions and re-directs more traditional questions in fresh and innovative ways, offering new angles of approach.
This comprehensive, cutting-edge commentary is prefaced by an introductory essay by Professor Mary Tolbert. Contributors draw on feminist, queer, deconstructionist, utopian theories, the social sciences and historical-critical discourses.The focus is both how reading from lesbian, gay, bisexual and/or transgender perspectives affect the reading and interpretation of biblical texts and how biblical texts have and do affect lesbian, gay, bisexual and/or transgender communities.
The commentary includes an extensive bibliography that directs the reader to a full range of literature relating to queer interpretation of scripture.
Dr Deryn Guest is Lecturer in Biblical Hermeneutics at the University of Birmingham. Dr Robert E Goss, is Senior Pastor Theologian at the Metropolitan Community Churches in North Hollywood. Dr Mona West taught at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville from 1987-1992. Thomas Bohache is a Pastor in the Metropolitan Community Churches, Rehoboth Beach, Delaware.
&There is much anger and passion in this book. This makes it often an exciting and thought-provoking read. An important contribution to the fields of both queer studies and biblical studies. It is a timely book, and those engaged in the current controversy in the Anglican Communion concerning its attitude towards homosexuality would do well to read it.David R. Law, Journal of the Study of The New Testament, Vol 20.5, 2008