David J.A. Clines: The scandal of a male bible

Professor David J.A. Clines delivered the 2015 Ethel M. Wood lecture at King’s College, London on February 24. Clines speaks on the male values within the Bible and the failure of readers to recognize those values. A video of the lecture is available here:

A copy of the paper is available on Academia.edu.

Being a male text, the Bible inevitably enshrines and perpetuates male power, which makes it a problematic text for anyone in the modern world who has some sense of the social injustice of gender inequality. And the scandal of a male Bible, in the second place, is that the Bible’s masculinity is for the most part invisible, hardly ever noticed or mentioned, even in our world that is much more egalitarian than that of the Bible.

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