The Bible contains many stories of prostitution. Feminist and liberation readings of these biblical narratives have often made sex workers invisible. 'Sex Working and the Bible' examines stories of biblical prostitution through the experiences and understanding of sex workers today. The Bible narratives - ranging across Rahab in the Book of Joshua, the story of Solomon and the two prostitutes, the anointing women traditions, and the apocalyptic vision of the whore of Babylon in Revelation - are set within both a practical and theoretical framework. This radical book offers a new, more inclusive way of approaching issues of gender, sexuality and prostitution in the Bible.
Table of Contents
CHAPTER 1: INTRODUCTION CHAPTER 2: METHODOLOGICAL AND POLITICAL ANALYSIS CHAPTER 3: RAHAB'S DEAL CHAPTER 4: SOLOMON AND THE TWO PROSTITUTES CHAPTER 5: ANNOINTING WOMAN: "In Memory of Her": The Prequel CHAPTER 6: THE WHORE BABYLON: Violence against Prostitutes CHAPTER 7: CONCLUSIONS: Amendments to Liberation Hermeneutics APPENDIX 1: Discussion Questions
Avaren Ipsen is a lecturer in the Department of Interdisciplinary Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. She also serves as vice-chair of the Berkeley Commission on the Status of Women.