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Loving our own bones : disability wisdom and the spiritual subversiveness of knowing ourselves whole / Julia Watts Belser.


""What's wrong with you?"' Scholar, activist, and rabbi Julia Watts Belser is all too familiar with this question. What's wrong isn't her wheelchair, though--it's exclusion, objectification, pity, and disdain. Our attitudes about disability have such deep cultural roots that we almost forget their sources. But open the Bible and disability is everywhere. Moses believes his stutter renders him unable to answer God's call. Jacob's encounter with an angel leaves him changed not just spiritually but physically: he gains a limp. For centuries, these stories have been told and retold in ways that treat disability as a metaphor for spiritual incapacity or as a challenge to be overcome.Through fresh and unexpected readings of the Bible, Loving Our Own Bones instead paints a luminous portrait of what it means to be disabled and one of God's beloved. Belser delves deep into sacred literature, braiding the insights of disabled, feminist, Black, and queer thinkers with her own experiences as a queer disabled Jewish feminist. She talks back to biblical commentators who traffic in disability stigma and shame. What unfolds is a profound gift of disability wisdom, a radical act of spiritual imagination that can guide us all toward a powerful reckoning with each other and with our bodies. Loving Our Own Bones invites readers to claim the power and promise of spiritual dissent, and to nourish their own souls through the revolutionary art of radical self-love" -- Publisher.

Record details

  • ISBN: 9780807006757 (hardcover)
  • ISBN: 0807006750 (hardcover)
  • Physical Description: 276 pages ; 24 cm
  • Publisher: Boston, Massachusetts : Beacon Press, [2023]

Content descriptions

Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Formatted Contents Note:
Claiming disability -- Grappling with the Bible: gender, disability, and God -- Hiddenness and visibility: passing and presenting as disabled -- Ableism: the social-political dimension of disability -- Priestly blemishes: talking back to the Bible's ideal bodies -- Moses: portrait of a disabled prophet -- The land you cannot enter: longing, loss, and other inaccessible terrain -- The perils of healing -- Isaac's blindness: the complexity of trust -- Jacob and the angel: wheels, wings, and the brilliance of disability difference -- The politics of beauty: disability and desire -- The radical practice of rest: Shabbat values and disability justice -- God on wheels: disability theology.
Awards Note:
National Jewish Book Award Winner in Contemporary Jewish Life & Practice Myra H. Kraft Memorial Award.
Subject: People with disabilities in the Bible.
Disabilities > Religious aspects > Judaism.
Disabilities > Religious aspects > Christianity.
Disability studies.
People with disabilities > Religious life.

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Independence Branch 296.087 B452L 2023 (Text) 33126025803010 New Adult Nonfiction Available -

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