Dance in Scripture: How Biblical Dancers Can Revolutionize Worship Today examines the dances of seven biblical figures: Miriam, Jephthahs daughter, David, the Shulamite, Judith, Salome, and Jesus. Each figure offers a virtue that has the potentialMoreDance in Scripture: How Biblical Dancers Can Revolutionize Worship Today examines the dances of seven biblical figures: Miriam, Jephthahs daughter, David, the Shulamite, Judith, Salome, and Jesus. Each figure offers a virtue that has the potential to revolutionize worship today.
Yarber combines feminist and queer hermeneutics with dance history to highlight the nuances of the texts that often go unnoticed in biblical scholarship, while also celebrating the myriad ways the body can be affirmed in worship in creative, empowering, and subversive ways. Liberation, lamentation, abandon, passion, subversion, innocence, and community each contribute to the exciting ways embodied worship can be revolutionized.
This is a book for those interested in biblical scholarship, dance, the arts, feminist and queer theory, or revolutionizing worship.Angela Yarber has, for over a decade, studied the intersection of dance and worship by women in the Hebrew Bible. She thoughtfully and insightfully searches out the meanings and nuances of the Hebrew words used to narrate acts of worshipful dance and demonstrates that worship in the Hebrew Bible was active and embodied.--Nancy L.
deClaisse-Walford, Carolyn Ward Professor of Old Testament and Biblical Languages, McAfee School of Theology, Mercer UniversityIn this ground-breaking text, Angela Yarber connects seven of the central but oft-overlooked biblical narratives about dance with both the questions of gender and gender identity with dance history. The human body is ever forefront in her work as the site of gender, personhood, and presence yet always as revelatory of the meaning of the incarnation.
Intermingling her scholarly studies with her pastoral acumen, she offers more than a feminist theories twist to these biblical narratives by offering a practical and pragmatic guide for contemporary liturgy and for engaging her congregations in the depths of meaning in the Bible.--Diane Apostolos-Cappadona, Catholic Studies Program, Georgetown UniversityRev.
Dr. Angela Yarber is also author of The Gendered Pulpit: Sex, Body, and Desire in Preaching and Worship and Embodying the Feminine in the Dances of the Worlds Religions. She has a Ph.D. in Art and Religion from the Graduate Theological Union and she has been a clergywoman, professional artist, and dancer since 1999. For more, please visit www.angelayarber.com.