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Ideologies of Hebrew Bible Texts and Readers, 2017/18, Semester 2
DrJohanna Stiebert
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Clines, David J. A. Interested Parties: The Ideology of Writers and Readers of the Hebrew Bible. JSOTSup 205. Sheffield: Sheffield University Press, 1995.  


Aichele, George and et al. The Postmodern Bible ISBN: 0300068182 (pbk); 0300060904. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1995.

Barr, James. History and Ideology in the Old Testament. Oxford: OUP, 2000. 

Barry, Peter. Beginning Theory: An Introduction to Literary and Cultural Theory. Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2017.

Berlinerblau, Jacques. The Secular Bible : Why nonbelievers must take religion seriously ISBN: 9780521618243 (pbk.); 9780521853149; 0521853141; 052161824X (pbk.). Cambridge: CUP, 2005. 

Gottwald, Norman. “Ideology and Ideologies in Israelite Prophecy.” in Social justice and the Hebrew Bible ISBN: 9781498290555 (paperback); 1498290558 (paperback); 9781498290555 (ebook): Volume One. Eugene, Or.: Wipf and Stock, 2016.

Penchansky, D. “Up for Grabs: A Tentative Proposal for Doing Ideological Criticism.” Ideological criticism of biblical texts ISBN: 9781589830684 59 (1992): 35-41.

Pippin, T. “Ideology, Ideological Criticism and the Bible.” Currents in Research: Biblical Studies 4 (1996): 51-78 Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva .

Reed, R. W. “The Problem of Ideology in Biblical Studies.” Bulletin for the study of religion ISSN: 2041-1863 40.4 (2011): 17-22.

Feminist Criticism - general

Brenner, Athalya (ed.). A feminist companion to the latter prophets . Sheffield: Sheffield Academic Press, 1995. 

Fewell, D. N. “Reading the Bible Ideologically: Feminist Criticism.” Pages 268-282 in To Each Its Own Meaning: An Introduction to Biblical Criticisms and their Application. Edited by S. L. McKenzie and S. R. Haynes. Louisville, KY: Westminster/John Knox Press, 1999.

LaCoque, A. The feminine unconventional : four subversive figures in Israel's tradition . Overtures to Biblical Theology. Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 1990. 

Ruether, Rosemary R. “Feminism and Patriarchal Religion: Principles of Ideological Critique of the Bible.” Journal for the study of the Old Testament. 22 (1982): 54-66.

Scholz, Susanne. “A Third Kind of Feminist Reading: Toward a Feminist Sociology of Biblical Hermeneutics.” Currents in Biblical Research 9.1 (2010): 9-32.

Women in the Former Prophets

Berlin, A., 'Characterization in Biblical Narratives: Davids Wives', Journal for the study of the Old Testament. ISSN: 0309-0892t 23 (1982) pp.69-85. (looks at Michal, Bathsheba, Abigail, and Abishag).

Brenner, Athalya. (ed.), A feminist companion to Samuel and Kings ISBN: 1850754802, Sheffield: Sheffield Academic Press, 1994.

Brenner, Athalya (ed.). A feminist companion to Samuel and Kings . A Feminist Companion to the Bible (Second Series). Sheffield: Sheffield Academic Press, 2000. 

Solvang, E. K. A woman's place is in the house : royal women of Judah and their involvement in the house of David ISBN: 0826462138. Journal for the study of the Old Testament Supplement Series 349. London: Sheffield Academic Press, 2003 (gives a historical account of royal women in Judah, and then focusses on Michal, Bathsheba, and Athaliah).

Trible, Phyllis. Texts of terror : literary-feminist readings of Biblical narratives . Philadelphia: Fortress Press, 1984. 

Women in the Song of Songs

Bergant, Diane, ‘”My Beloved is Mine and I am His” (Song 2:16): The Song of Songs and Honor and Shame’ in Latino/a biblical hermeneutics : problematics, objectives, strategies ISBN: 9781589836549 paper binding : alk. paper; 9781589839274 hardcover binding : alk. paper Semeia 68 (1994), pp.23-40. 

Black, Fiona, C., ‘Beauty or the Beast? The Grotesque Body in the Song of Songs’ in Biblical interpretation. ISSN: 0927-2569 8.3 (2000), pp.302-323. 

Boer, Roland, ‘The Second Coming: Repetition and Insatiable Desire in the Song of Songs’ in Biblical interpretation. ISSN: 0927-2569 8.3 (2000), pp.276-301. (NB. This article contains some pretty dense literary theory; only consult if you want a challenge).

Brenner, Athalya, A feminist companion to the Song of songs ISBN: 9781850752912 (pbk); 1850752915 (Sheffield: Sheffield Academic Press, 1993).

Brenner, Athalya and Carole R. Fontaine (eds.). A feminist companion to the Song of songs . A Feminist Companion to the Bible (Second Series). Sheffield: Sheffield Academic Press, 2000. 

Exum, Cheryl J., Song of songs : a commentary ISBN: 9780664238414; 9780664221904 (alk. paper); 0664221904 (alk. paper), Old Testament Library (Westminster John Knox Press, 2005). (Good commentary on the whole book by a feminist scholar. Not currently available in Leeds libraries, but might be worth investing in if you’re interested. Available in several libraries around the UK if you’re going elsewhere over Easter).

Polaski, Donald C., ‘What Will Ye See in the Shulammite? Women, Power and Panopticism in the Song of Songs’, Biblical interpretation. ISSN: 0927-2569 5.1 (1997) pp.64-81.



Clines, David J. A. “He-Prophets: Masculinity as a Problem for the Hebrew Prophets and their Interpreters.” Pages 311-328 in Sense and sensitivity : essays on reading the Bible in memory of Robert Carroll . Edited by Alastair H. Hunter and Philip R. Davies. JSOTSup 348. Sheffield: Sheffield Academic Press, 2002.

Creanga, O., and P.-B. Smit (eds.) Biblical masculinities foregrounded ISBN: 9781907534881, Hebrew Bible Monographs, 62; Sheffield: Sheffield Phoenix).

Haddox, S. E. “Masculinity Studies of the Hebrew Bible: The First Two Decades.” Currents in Biblical Research 14.2 (2016): 176-206.

Heacock, Anthony. Jonathan loved David : manly love in the Bible and the hermeneutics of sex . The Bible in the Modern World 22. Sheffield: Sheffield Academic Press, 2011. 

Hornsby, Teresa J. and Ken Stone. Bible trouble : queer reading at the boundaries of biblical scholarship : Queer Reading and the Boundaries of Biblical Scholarship. Semeia Studies 67. Atlanta: SBL Press, 2011. 

Macwilliam, Stuart, ‘Ideologies of Male Beauty and the Hebrew Bible’, Biblical interpretation. ISSN: 0927-2569 17 (2009) pp.265-287.

Nissinen, M. Homoeroticism in the biblical world : a historical perspective ISBN: 0800636457 (pbk.); 080062985X (hbk.) (Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 1998).

Stewart, D. T. “LGBT/Queer Hermeneutics and the Hebrew Bible.” Currents in Biblical Research 15.3 (2017): 289-314.

Stone, Ken. Queer commentary and the Hebrew Bible . JSOTSup 334. Sheffield: Sheffield Academic Press, 2001. 


Foreigners in Ezra-Nehemiah

Brown II, A. Philip, ‘The Problem of Mixed Marriages in Ezra 9-10’, The Bibliotheca sacra. ISSN: 0006-1921 162 (2005) pp.437-58. OCR REQUESTED BY LIBRARY (fad 08/03/2018) 

Dor, Yorina ‘The Rite of Separation of the Foreign Wives in Ezra-Nehemiah’ in Oded Lipschits, Gary N. Knoppers, and Manfred Oeming (eds.) Judah and the Judeans in the Achaemenid period : negotiating identity in an international context ISBN: 9781575066493 (e-book) (Winona Lake, Ind.: Eisenbrauns, 2011) pp.173-188. 

Eskenazi, Tamara C., and Eleanore P. Judd, ‘Marriage to a Stranger in Ezra 9-10’ in Tamara C. Eskanazi and Kent H. Richards (eds.) Second Temple studies. 2, Temple community in the Persian period ISBN: 1850754721, JSOTSup 175 (JSOT Press: Sheffield, 1994).

Janzen, David, ‘Scholars, Witches, Ideologues, and What the Text Said: Ezra 9-10 and its Interpretation’ in Jon L. Berquist (ed.) Approaching Yehud : new approaches to the study of the Persian period ISBN: 9781589831452, Semeia Studies 60 (Atlanta: SBL, 2007) pp.49-69

Olyan, Saul M., ‘Purity Ideology in Ezra-Nehemiah as a Tool to Reconstitute the Community’, Journal for the study of Judaism in the Persian, Hellenistic and Roman period. ISSN: 0047-2212 XXXV.1 (2004) pp.1-16. 

Smith-Christopher, Daniel, L., ‘The Mixed Marriage Crisis in Ezra 9-10 and Nehemiah 13: A study of the sociology of the post-exilic Judean community’ in Tamara C. Eskenazi and Kent H. Richards (eds.) Second Temple studies. 2, Temple community in the Persian period ISBN: 1850754721, JSOTSup 175 (Sheffield: JSOT Press, 1994) pp.243-265. 

Wolak, Arthur J., ‘Ezra’s Radical Solution to Judean Assimilation’, Jewish Biblical Quarterly 40.2 (2012) pp.93-104.


Ruth as a Foreigner 

Brenner, Athalya, ‘Ruth as a Foreign Worker and the Politics of Exogamy’ in Athalya Brenner (ed.), Ruth and Esther : a feminist companion to the Bible ISBN: 9780567475121 (e-book) (Second Series), (Sheffield: Sheffield Academic Press, 1999) pp.158-164.

Honig, Bonnie, ‘Ruth, the Model Emigrée: Mourning and the Symbolic Politics of Immigration’ in Athalya Brenner (ed.), Ruth and Esther: A Feminist Companion to the Bible (Second Series), (Sheffield: Sheffield Academic Press, 1999) pp.50-74.

Mangrum, Benjamin, ‘Bringing ‘Fullness’ to Naomi: Centripetal Nationalism in The Book of Ruth’, Horizons in biblical theology ISSN: 0195-9085 33 (2001) pp.62-81.

Moore, Michael S., ‘Ruth the Moabite and the Blessing of Foreigners’, The Catholic Biblical quarterly. ISSN: 0008-7912 60 (1998) pp.203-217. 

Siquans, Agnethe, ‘Foreignness and Poverty in the Book of Ruth: A Legal Way for a Poor Foreign Woman to be Integrated into Israel’, Journal of Biblical Literature. ISSN: 0021-9231. ISSN: 0021-9231 128.3 (2009), pp.443-452.

Southwood, Katherine E., ‘Will Naomi’s Nation be Ruth’s Nation?: Ethnic Translation as a Metaphor for Ruth’s Assimilation within Judah’, Humanities 3.2 (2014) pp.102-131.


'Revisionist' History of Israel

Davies, Philip R. In Search of ‘Ancient Israel’. London: Bloomsbury, 2015. 

Garbini, Giovanni. History and Ideology in Ancient Israel. Translated by John Bowden. London: SCM Press, 1988. 

Whitelam, Keith W. The invention of ancient Israel : the silencing of Palestinian history ISBN: 9780415107594 (pbk); 041510758X. London, NY: Routledge, 1996. 

Ideologies and Propaganda of the Davidic Monarchy

Cross, Frank Moor. “The Ideologies of Kingship in the Era of the Empire: Conditional Covenant and Eternal Decree.” Pages 219-265 in Canaanite Myth and Hebrew Epic ISBN: 0674091752. Cambridge, MA.: Harvard University Press, 1973.

Halpern, Baruch. David's secret demons : messiah, murderer, traitor, king ISBN: 0802827977; 0802844782. Grand Rapids, MI: William B. Eerdmans, 2001. 

Heym, Stefan. The King David report ISBN: 0810115379 (pbk. : alk. paper). London: Hodder and Stoughton, 1973. 

McKenzie, Steven L. King David: A Biography. Oxford: OUP, 2000. 

Roberts, J. J. M. “Public Opinion, Royal Apologetics, and Imperial Ideology: A Political Analysis of the Portrait of David, ‘A Man after God’s Own Heart’.” Theology today. ISSN: 0040-5736 69.2 (2012): 116-132.

Ideologies of the Exile

Berlin, Adele. “The Exile: Biblical Ideology and its Postmodern Ideological Interpretation.” Pages 341-356 in Literary construction of identity in the ancient world ISBN: 9781575061900 (pbk) Edited by Hanna Liss and Manfred Oeming. Winona Lake: Eisenbrauns, 2010.

Carroll, Robert P. “The Myth of the Empty Land.” Semeia ISBN: 9781589830684 59 (1992): 79-93.

Grabbe, Lester L. Leading captivity captive : "The Exile" as history and ideology ISBN: 1850759073. JSOTSup 278. Sheffield: Sheffield Academic Press, 1998. 

Mein, Andrew. Ezekiel and the ethics of exile ISBN: 019929139X (pbk.) : £18.99. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2001. 

Olyan, S. M. “Purity Ideology in Ezra-Nehemiah as a Tool to Reconstitute the Community.” JSJ 35.1 (2004): 1-16. Available at:

Smith, Morton. Palestinian parties and politics that shaped the Old Testament ISBN: 033402238X (pbk). London: SCM, 1987. 

Stiebert, Johanna. The Exile and the prophet's wife : historic events and marginal perspectives ISBN: 9780814651773 (pbk.); 0814651771 (pbk.). Interfaces. Liturgical Press: Collegeville, Minnesota, 2005. 



Brownson, James V. 2013. Bible, gender, sexuality : reframing the church's debate on same-sex relationships ISBN: 9781467437370 (e-book) (Grand Rapids, Mich: Eerdmans).

Coogan, Michael. 2010.  God and sex : what the Bible really says ISBN: 9780446545266 (pbk.) : £12.99; 0446545260 (pbk.) : £12.99 (New York: Twelve).

Holben, L.R. 1999. What Christians think about homosexuality : six representative viewpoints ISBN: 0941037835 (North Richland Hills, TX: BIBAL Press). 

Hornsby, Teresa J. and Ken Stone (eds.). 2011. Bible trouble : queer reading at the boundaries of biblical scholarship ISBN: 9781589835528 (paper binding : alk. paper); 9781589835535 (electronic format).Atlanta: Society of Biblical Literature Series.

Roden, Frederick (ed.). 2009. Jewish/Christian/queer : crossroads and identities ISBN: 9780754673750 (hbk.) : £55.00; 0754673758 (hbk.) : £55.00; 9780754691488 (e-ISBN) : No price. (Farnham: Ashgate). 



van Dyk, Peet. 2007. ‘So-Called Intelligent Design in Nature. A Discussion with Richard Dawkins’, OTE 20.3.

Hulsether, Mark. 2007. Religion, Culture and Politics in the Twentieth-Century USA (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press).

Scott, Eugenie. 2009. Evolution vs Creationism: An Introduction. (California: University of California Press).

Setzer, Claudia and David A. Shefferman. 2011. The Bible and American culture : a sourcebook ISBN: 9780415451963 (hbk); 0415451965 (hbk); 9780415578110 (pbk); 0415578116 (pbk)(London, New York: Routledge).


Cotter, David W. 2001. ‘The Israelite Conquest of Canaan’, The Bible Today 39: 205-09.

Davies, Philip R. In Search of ‘Ancient Israel’. London: Bloomsbury, 2015.

Masalha, Nur. 2013. The Zionist Bible : biblical precedent, colonialism and the erasure of memory ISBN: 1844656578 (cloth); 9781844656578 (cloth). (Acumen).

Sand, Shlomo. 2009. The invention of the Jewish people ISBN: 9781844676231 (pbk); 9781844674220 (hbk.) : £18.99; 1844674223 (hbk.) : £18.99. (London/New York: Verso).

Shapira, Anita. 2004. ‘The Bible and Israeli Identity’, AJS Review ISSN: 0364-0094; 1475-4541 28.1: 11-42.

Whitelam, Keith W. 1996. The invention of ancient Israel : the silencing of Palestinian history ISBN: 9780415107594 (pbk); 041510758X. (London, New York: Routledge).

Whitelam, Keith W. 2002. ‘Representing Minimalism: The Rhetoric and Reality of Revisionism’, Alastair G. Hunter & Phillip R. Davies (eds.) Sense and Sensitivity: Essays on Reading the Bible in Memory of Robert Carroll, JSOTSup 348 (Sheffield: Sheffield Academic Pres) 194-223.

This list was last updated on 04/05/2018