God and the Rhetoric of Sexuality

Fortress Press, 1978


Focusing on texts in the Hebrew Bible, and using feminist hermeneutics, Phyllis Trible brings out what she considers to be neglected themes and counter literature.

After outlining her method in detail, she begins by highlighting the feminist imagery used for God; then she moves on to traditions embodying male and female within the context of the goodness of creation. If Genesis 2–3 is a love story gone awry, the Song of Songs is about sexuality redeemed in joy. In between lies the book of Ruth, with its picture of the struggles of everyday life.

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Key Features

  • Examines the Hebrew Bible for feminist themes
  • Focuses on feminist hermeneutics
  • Explores overlooked themes throughout the Hebrew Bible


  • Clues in a Text
  • Journey of a Metaphor
  • Passages Along the Way
  • A Love Story Gone Awry
  • Love’s Lyrics Redeemed
  • A Human Comedy

Praise for the Print Edition

Trible’s brilliant rhetorical criticism, her diligent study of the Hebrew text, and her clarity about feminist hermeneutics, have indeed uncovered the lost token of faith within Scripture.


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About Phyllis Trible

Phyllis Trible is an internationally known biblical scholar and rhetorical critic. A past president of the Society of Biblical Literature, she began her collegiate teaching career at Wake Forest University in 1963. After leaving in 1971, she taught at Andover Newton Theological School in Massachusetts until she went to Union Theological Seminary in New York in 1979 as a professor of Old Testament. From 1981 until her appointment to the Wake Forest University School of Divinity in 1998, she was the Baldwin Professor of Sacred Literature at Union Theological Seminary.

Trible, a leader in the text-based exploration of women and gender in Scripture, lectures extensively in the United States and abroad. She is also the author of the volume on Jonah in the New Interpreter’s Bible series.


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