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Democratizing Biblical Studies: Toward an Emancipatory Educational Space

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Elizabeth Schussler Fiorenza argues that it is necessary to reframe the field of biblical studies and replace the competitive teaching models prevalent in graduate programs with an emancipatory, radical democratic pedagogical model that fosters collaboration, participation, and critical engagement. To achieve constructive engagement with the differences of social location ...more
Paperback, 215 pages
Published October 7th 2009 by Westminster John Knox Press (first published 2009)
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Frankie Della Torre
Dec 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
What follows is an excerpt from a research paper I wrote on biblical studies. I utilized Fiorenza's insights frequently.

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There is a fateful tendency within the Enlightenment to sharply distinguish subject and object, subjective and objective, opinion and knowledge, belief and fact, religion and science, etc. Such dualism manifests itself, for our interests, in the dichotomy between reading the Bible devotionally and a
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Brian Leport
Dec 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
What a challenging book. Schüssler Fiorenza's four paradigms opened my eyes to a way of reading and teaching the Bible that isn't stuck in the dichotomy of reading either historical-critically or confessionally. Her "emancipatory paradigm" envisions a way of doing biblical studies quite suitable to a "public" context, esp. a diverse classroom. Her approach helps readers to be aware of how scripture can be used for oppression or for emancipation. Also does a fine job of normalizing readings often ...more
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Born Elisabeth Schüssler in Tășnad, in the Transylvanian region of the Kingdom of Romania, Professor Schüssler Fiorenza is a German feminist, theologian and Professor of Divinity at Harvard Divinity School. Schüssler Fiorenza identifies as Catholic and her work is generally in the context of Christianity, although much of her work has broader applicability.