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THEOLOGIAN ELISABETH SCHÜSSLER FIORENZA

December 15th, 2006

by Gerry McCarthy

Elisabeth Schüssler Fiorenza is the Krister Stendhal Professor of Scripture and Interpretation at Harvard Divinity School. She is the co-founder and co-editor of the Journal of Feminist Studies in Religion. In 2001, she was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. She is also past president of the Society of Biblical Language.

     Schüssler Fiorenza has published many influential books. Some include: In Memory of Her, The Power of Naming, Bread Not Stone, Jesus and the Politics of Interpretation, and Wisdom Ways. Her most recent work The Power of The Word: Scripture and the Rhetoric of Empire will be published by Fortress Press next year. I reached her in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Gerry McCarthy: You’ve explained that liberation theology failed to recognize the clerical culture that shaped it. Have you seen any critical reflection on this in the past few years?

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