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Rape Myths, the Bible and #MeToo

1st Edition

By Johanna Stiebert


128 pages

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Hardback: 9780367245184
pub: 2019-11-07
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Biblical studies is increasingly interdisciplinary and frequently focuses on how the Bible is read, received and represented in the contemporary world, including in politics, news media and popular culture. Rape Myths, the Bible and #MeToo illustrates this with particular and critical assessment of #MeToo and its rapid and global impact. Rape myths, in particular the myth that rape victims are complicit in the violence they encounter, which consequently renders sexual violence ‘not so bad’, are examined both with regard to current backlash to #MeToo and to biblical texts that undermine the violence perpetrated by rape. This includes aggressive media attacks on the accusers of powerful men, as well as depictions of biblical rape victims, such as Dinah (Genesis 34), Bathsheba and Tamar (2 Samuel 11-13). Biblical studies channels and expresses wider cultural and political manifestations. This exemplifies that the influence of ancient texts is abiding and the study of the past cutting-edge.

Table of Contents

Introduction: At the Outset

1. The Bible and #MeToo

2. Rape Culture, Rape Myths and the Bible

In Conclusion.



About the Author

Johanna Stiebert is Professor of Hebrew Bible at the University of Leeds, UK. Her two most recent monographs are Fathers and Daughters in the Hebrew Bible (OUP, 2013) and First-Degree Incest and the Hebrew Bible (Bloomsbury, 2016). She is co-director of The Shiloh Project.

About the Series

Rape Culture, Religion and the Bible

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
RELIGION / General