Last Sunday, Rabbi Nicki Greninger and I gathered with thirty members of Temple Isaiah and explored some of the theory and tools of feminist reading practices. At the heart of our inquiry was the question: How do we relate to a text written by and for men, in ways that often diminish women’s full humanity?
Jacob wrestles an angel. For what purpose? And why does seeing Esau’s face when they finally meet remind him of that angelic encounter?
Isaac offers apparently prophetic blessing to Jacob, who he thinks is Esau, and then to Esau when the latter cries. How could blessing flow from deceit?
Rashbam. Andrew of St. Victor. Two medieval French scholars, devoted to the plain-sense contextual interpretation of the Bible. One Jewish, one Christian.
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