Saturday, June 19, 2010
Feminist Approach to Ezekiel
I'm not opposed to feminist scholarship, mainly because I am not particularly excited by it. But a couple of years ago at the Tyndale Fellowship there was a very stimulating paper by Dr. Lena-Sofia Tiemeyer on Ezekiel as Christian Scripture. She engaged the topic of how do we reconcile the idea of a God of love with the horrendous violence inflicted on Judea in the sacking of Jerusalem. The things that happened in the sacking of a city - rape, torture, infanticide, murder - can seem disproportionate to the sin of the people and inconsistent with divine goodness. Her solution is to read Ezekiel in tandem with Lamentations and so complain that God has gone too far, and leave the response up to God. Tiemeyer wants to follow the story of the text rather than explain it away like some do, also she does not want to adopt radical feminist approaches that demand condemning the text either. Her concern is mainly theodicy. Her piece is now published in Expository Times. At the conference myself and Chris Wright suggested that perhaps a canonical reading of Ezekiel should also take into account the NT as well and see what the lens of the cross informs us of God's purposes on this subject.