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The Bible, Women and Violence

Dr. Amy-Jill Levine’s presentation laid the foundation for The Guibord Center Initiative on Faith, Women and Violence

Nothing about this subject is easy. The Bible forces us to confront domestic violence over and over again. It shows us that to respond to violence with more violence is not a solution.

It insists on care for the victim even as it insists that we also care for the perpetrator. It shows that violence impacts not just the victim and the perpetrator but the family, the state, the nation.

It demands that we continue to interpret the text with a focus on love of God and love of neighbor. And it makes clear that we are our brother’s and our sister’s keepers – that to care for victims and perpetrators both is our responsibility.

The Bible helps us ask the right question.

Dr. Amy-Jill Levine is Professor of New Testament Studies and Professor of Jewish Studies at Vanderbilt Divinity School and College of Arts and Sciences. A self-described “Yankee Jewish feminist who teaches in a predominantly Christian divinity school in the buckle of the Bible Belt,” Dr. Levine combines historical-critical rigor, literary-critical sensitivity, and a frequent dash of humor with a commitment to eliminating anti-Jewish, sexist, and homophobic theologies. Read full bio

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