Liberation Beyond Borders: Dalit Feminist Hermeneutics and Four Gospel Women
Drew University, 2008 - 231 pages
The texts that I have selected from the gospels are: The story of the Canaanite Woman (Matthew 15:21-28); the story of the Hemorrhaging Woman (Mark 5:25-34); the story of the Sinful woman (Luke 7:36-47), and the story of the Samaritan woman (John 4). As a Dalit feminist reader, I will discuss the issues of marginalization and how this has impacted the status of the women characters individually, discussing them in separate chapters. Auto/biographical experiences that I will narrate in the exegetical chapters will be used as a lens for interpretation, and it provides me with tools for critical analysis of both the text and its interpretive tradition to address the particular questions that emerge from the Dalit feminist context. The women in these stories act with courage, and exhibit unconventional behavior, which is considered as an essential step towards liberation. A Dalit feminist reading will critically engage in discussing the role of Jesus, who assumes a privileged status as opposed to the women in their marginalized status, to emphasize the need for transformation and mutual responsibility of both the privileged and those discriminated against in 'going beyond boundaries,' if not eradicating them for the sake of emancipation and liberation of the oppressed.