I’m working on finishing up my RBL review of the Brenner, Lee, and Yee edited Genesis as part of Fortress Press’ Texts @ Contexts series. In going through the volume again, I came across this line from Carole Fontaine in her essay “Here Comes This Dreamer: Reading Joseph the Slave in Multicultural and Interfaith Contexts”:
Aside from the discord of being part of a trophy “minority”–religious scholars who will speak up–my sense of discontinuity is not simply at discovery that being a biblical theologian is enough to get you many death threats, if you do it properly. Rather, I read with groups who, unlike my Christian seminarians, really don’t have much stake in the outcome. Quite frankly, they want me to read “for” them, or “to” them, not read “with them” . . . (133).
Very poignant and powerful words. I consider myself a biblical theologian (or at least an Old Testament theologian); we shall see if the death threats begin rolling in after my dissertation is published!! But on a serious note, Fontaine’s words do attest to the gravity of a very important task.