Nineteenth-Century Women’s Movements and the Bible examines politically motivated women’s movements in the nineteenth century, including the legal, cultural, and ecclesiastical contexts of women. Focusing on the period beginning with the French Revolution in 1789 through the end of World War I in 1918, contributors explore the many ways that women’s lives were limited in both the public and domestic spheres. Essays consider the social, political, biblical, and theological factors that resulted in a multinational raising of awareness and emancipation for women in the nineteenth century and the strengthening of their international networks. The contributors include Angela Berlis, Kristin Kobes Du Mez, Ute Gerhard, Christiana de Groot, Arnfriður Guðmundsdóttir, Izaak J. de Hulster, Elisabeth Joris, Christine Lienemann-Perrin, Amanda Russell-Jones, Claudia Setzer, Aud V. Tønnessen, Adriana Valerio, and Royce M. Victor.


    • Angela BerlisIntroduction
    • Ute Gerhard The Patchwork Quilt of Women’s Rights in the Nineteenth Century:
      The Requirements of the Law and the Legal Struggles of the Women’s Movements in the Western World
    • Aud V. Tønnessen Christ—Liberator of Women? On Feminist Biblical Interpretation in Nineteenth-Century Norway
    • Arnfríður Guðmundsdóttir She Had the Courage to Break the Silence: Briet Bjarnhéðinsdóttir — A Leader of the Suffrage Movement in Iceland
    • Adriana Valerio Secret Societies, Modernism, and Women’s Movements in Italy (1789–1920): The Bible as Basis for Social Change
    • Christiana de Groot Grace Aguilar: An Advocate for Jewish Women
    • Royce M. Victor Pandita Ramabai: A Forgotten Hero of Indian Hermeneutics
    • Christine Lienemann-Perrin Women’s Reading of the Bible in the Missionary Context: Helen Barrett Montgomery (United States) in Comparison with Pandita Ramabai (India)
    • Kristin Kobes Du Mez Victorian Women’s Global Activism and Female Biblical Interpretation: Katherine Bushnell’s God’s Word to Women
    • Joy A. Schroeder Maria Stewart, Scripture Interpretation, and the Daughters of Africa
    • Claudia Setzer A Cyclone of Absurdities: Frances Willard’s Rejection of Biblical Literalism
    • Amanda Russell-Jones Josephine Butler: Voice of the Outcast
    • Elisabeth Joris The Sermon on the Mount and the Natural Life Instinct of Men and Women: The Idiosyncratic Exegesis of the Eight Beatitudes by Liberal Early Feminist and Educator Josephine Stadlin (1806–1875)
    • Izaak J. de Hulster The Role of Women in the Scientific Exploration of the Land(s) of the Bible (1800–1920)


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Nineteenth-Century Women’s Movements and the Bible

  • Eds.
    Angela Berlis
  • Christiana de Groot

Year 2024

  • Irmtraud Fischer

    Graz University, Austria

  • Mercedes Navarro Puerto

    Madrid, Spain

  • Adriana Valerio

    Napoli University, Italy

  • Charlotte Methuen,

    University of Glasgow, UK

  • Adele Berlin

    University of Maryland, USA