The Coming of Lilith: Essays on Feminism, Judaism, and Sexual Ethics, 1972-2003

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Beacon Press, 2005 M07 15 - 252 pages
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.
 

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Contents

Foreword
1
An Introduction
5
Toward a Feminist Theology 1972
23
Conflict in Identities 1973
35
Male Theology and Womens Experience 1978
40
The Right Question Is Theological 1982
56
Jewish Theology in Feminist Perspective 1994
65
Lilith Revisited 1995
81
Facing the Ambiguity of God 1991
134
Whats Wrong with Hierarchy? 1992
138
About Men 1992
143
The Year of the Agunah 1993
147
Preaching Against the Text 1997
152
Expanding the Jewish Feminist Agenda 2000
157
The Continuing Value of Separatism 2003
159
Leviticus 18 1997
165

Christian Feminism and AntiJudaism 1978
89
The Unacknowledged Racism 1984
94
Feminist AntiJudaism and the Christian God 1990
100
Jewish AntiPaganism 1991
110
Dealing with the Hard Stuff 1994
114
Some Feminist Questions 1987
121
Feminism and Religious Authority 1990
124
Beyond Egalitarianism 1990
128
A Progressive Jewish Perspective 1998
178
Jewish Feminist Reflections on Good Sex 2000
193
Authority and the Denominational Documents 2003
206
Notes
221
Works by Judith Plaskow
238
Credits
243
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About the author (2005)

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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