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The Coming of Lilith: Essays on Feminism, Judaism, and Sexual Ethics, 1973-2003by Judith Plaskow
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This first collection of Judith Plaskow's essays and short writings traces her scholarly and personal journey from her early days as a graduate student through her pioneering contributions to both feminist theology and Jewish feminism to her recent work in sexual ethics.
Accessibly organized into four sections, the collection begins with several of Plaskow's foundational essays on feminist theology, including one previously unavailable in English. Section II addresses her nuanced understanding of oppression and includes her important work on anti-Judaism in Christian feminism. Section III contains a variety of short and highly readable pieces that make clear Plaskow's central role in the creation of Jewish feminism, including the essential "Beyond Egalitarianism." Finally, section IV presents her writings on the significance of sexual ethics to the larger project of transforming Judaism.
Intelligently edited with the help of Rabbi Donna Berman, and including pieces never before published, The Coming of Lilith is indispensable for religious studies students, fans of Plaskow's work, and those pursuing a Jewish education.
In this first collection of her essays and short writings, Judith Plaskow, one of the founders of feminist theology and the founder of Jewish feminist theology, documents her personal and scholarly evolution. From her early days as a graduate student at Yale to her present work on sexual ethics, the essays in this volume trace Plaskows work in feminist theology, Jewish feminist theology, and sexuality. Covering all of her major essays, including The Coming of Lilith” and her pioneering work on anti-Judaism in Christian feminism, this book also includes several previously unpublished essays. Intelligently arranged and edited with the help of Donna Berman, this collection is indispensable for religious studies students, fans of Plaskows work, and those pursuing a Jewish education.
The first compilation of essays and reflections by one of the founders of feminist theology.
About the Author
Judith Plaskow is a professor of religious studies at Manhattan College. She is the author of Standing Again at Sinai: Judaism from a Feminist Perspective and coeditor of Womanspirit Rising: A Feminist Reader in Religion (with Carol Christ) and Weaving the Visions: New Patterns in Feminist Spirituality.
Rabbi Donna Berman, Ph.D., is executive director of the Charter Oak Cultural Center in Hartford, Connecticut, and a longtime activist. She was instrumental in the creation of the Reform movement's first gender-sensitive prayer books.
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