The Forgotten Woman's Bible

Team Members/Contributors

Kristin Kobes Du Mez Calvin College Contact Me

About this sabbatical grant for researchers

This grant will fund the writing of The Forgotten Woman's Bible, a book to be published by Westminster John Knox Press that investigates the work of Katharine Bushnell (1855-1945) and Lee Anna Starr (1853-1937). Committed to the authority of the Scriptures and to the inerrancy of the original texts, Bushnell and Starr nonetheless became convinced that centuries of male bias had distorted modern translations of the Scriptures. With their knowledge of Hebrew and Greek they produced fascinating retranslations of the Christian Bible. Through these translations they hoped to re-shape Christian tradition, combat patriarchy, and empower women to challenge abuse and oppression. Although their theologies did not have widespread influence in their own day, their writings are currently being rediscovered by Christians in North America and around the world, particularly in Kenya and Pakistan. The Forgotten Woman's Bible explores ways in which Bushnell's and Starr's writings can open up new conversations between feminists and conservative Christians in North America, as well as facilitate crucial discussions about Christianity and gender and enhance theological reflection among believers in the global South and North.

Image Title Year Type Contributor(s) Other Info
A New Gospel for Women: Katharine Bushnell and the Challenge of Christian Feminism 2015 Book Kristin Kobes Du Mez