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Pregnant Passion: Gender, Sex, and Violence in the Bible
Cheryl A. Kirk Duggan
SemeiaSt 44
Publication Date
January 2004


The Bible is hardly the first text that comes to mind when one considers gender, sex, and violence, yet the first four chapters of the Bible narrate the creation of the first couple (gender), procreation (sex), and the first murder (violence). Recognizing the centrality of gender, sexuality, and violence in the biblical text and the modern world, the essays in Pregnant Passion, edited by Cheryl A. Kirk-Duggan, explore the dynamics, intersection, and relatedness of gender, human sexuality, and violence in the Bible, with themes spanning the realms of feasts and famines, betrayal and bloodshed, seduction and sensuality, power and politics, virtue and violence.

Cheryl A. Kirk-Duggan is Director of the Center for Women and Religion, and In Residence and Core Doctoral Faculty at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California.


Introduction: Pregnant Passion: Gender, Sex, and Violence in the Bible
—Cheryl A. Kirk-Duggan

Part 1: Passion, Power, and Relational Conflict

Love, Honor, and Violence: Socioconceptual Matrix in Genesis 34
—Mignon R. Jacobs

Slingshots, Ships, and Personal Psychosis: Murder, Sexual Intrigue, and Power in the Lives of David and Othello
—Cheryl A. Kirk-Duggan

Who Wants to Marry a Persian King? Gender Games and Wars and the Book of Esther
—Nicole Duran

For and with Whom Are We Reading? Who’s Pregnant and Who’s Passionate?
—Randall C. Bailey

Part 2: Legal and Regulatory Matters

Murder S/He Wrote? A Cultural and Psychological Reading of 2 Samuel 11–12
—Hyun Chul Paul Kim and M. Fulgence Nyengele

Cry Witch! The Embers Still Burn
—Madeline McClenney-Sadler

Sex, Stones, and Power Games: A Woman Caught at the Intersection of Law and Religion (John 7:53–8:11)
—Barbara A. Holmes and Susan R. Holmes Winfield

Terrorization, Sexualization, Maternalization: Women’s Bodies on Trial
—Gina Hens-Piazza

Part 3: Types, Stereotypes, and Archetypes

Some Place to Cry: Jephthah’s Daughter and the Double Dilemma of Black Women in America
—Valerie C. Cooper

Daughter Zion: Giving Birth to Redemption
—Mary Donovan Turner

The Power and Problem of Revelation 18: The Rhetorical Function of Gender
—Susan E. Hylen

Pregnant Passion: Gender, Sex, and Violence in the Bibleó—Response to Part 3: Types, Stereotypes, and Archetypes
—Barbara Green