Maria Redux: Incarnational Readings of Sacred History
Noah and the Ark. Jonah and the Big Fish. Mary’s yes to the Angel. Jesus’s yes in the Garden of Gethsemane. Pilot’s no and his wife’s please, don’t. Lot’s wife and her last, homeward look. To whom do these stories belong? And how should we read them, each from our particular corner of incarnate humanity? Here is what my corner looks like: I am a woman; I am a feminist; I am a literary critic; I am a product of Westernized Christianity. I write and read from the space where these words overlap, but what does that mean when it comes to Scripture, to the stories that my tradition holds sacred? Should I be exempted from rereading, rewriting, re-spinning these stories because they are sacred? Or, is it because of their sacredness that I must continue rereading and retelling them?
KeywordsReligious Tradition Religious Discourse Feminist Philosophy Queen Mary College Religious Dimension
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