Changing Horizons is the second of two volumes highlighting the ways in which Elisabeth Schüssler Fiorenza’s work constructs a critical feminist theory and praxis of liberation, in relation to the biblical text and its legacy, and in relation to the theological and ecclesial setting of today. In these essays collected from her extraordinary career, Schüssler Fiorenza attempts to free both biblical studies and theology from disciplinary constraints and assumptions that have allowed them to acquiesce and even perpetuate forms of oppression—from racism and poverty to colonialism and gender equality.
While Schüssler Fiorenza’s feminist critical approach begins with the experience of women, that experience is appropriated through the lens of critical theory and a critical understanding of social and religious oppressions. It is, further, political in its aim to dethrone kyriarchal structures and foment genuinely egalitarian community in church and society.
"Changing Horizons is Elisabeth Schüssler Fiorenza's best book yet. It contains the passion of her initial ground-breaking work, key changes and updates in her current thinking, and patient and clear prose. If you have just one book to read of all her important work, this is it." —Hal Taussig Union Theological Seminary in New York
"In this volume Schüssler Fiorenza continues her project on the formulation of a critical feminist biblical hermeneutics. Here she proceeds to shed further light on the trajectory and the practice of this hermeneutics. With highly sophisticated theoretical reflections, incisive practical applications, this is a most valuable contribution to this ongoing and ever-developing project, therefore, and one to be warmly welcomed." —Fernando F. Segovia Vanderbilt University
"An important collection of essays by a scholar who has changed the way we think about the discipline of Biblical studies." —Shelly Matthews Brite Divinity School