Karin Hügel


Karin Hügel, "Queer Readings of Adam's Androgyny".

In the framework of queer readings, following feminist interpretations of the biblical creation accounts, Adam as an androgynous creature and the division of the double-faced first human are discussed. Within rabbinic literature two Jewish traditions are found which are based on Plato's unique, strange myth of the circle-men in his work Symposium: First, it was imagined that the first human combined both genders in himself. Second, it was suggested that two persons were created in one. This has been illustrated by the double-faced image of the first human who finally has been divided. Already at the beginning of the 20th century the godlikeness of the "homosexual" was asserted in connection with Genesis 1:27. Now a queer rereading of this Bible verse is provided.

  • Karin Hügel, "Queere Lesarten von Adams Androgynie", in: Scandinavian Journal of the Old Testament, Volume 38, Number 2, Routledge Taylor & Francis Group, Abingdon, Oxon/London 2024, forthcoming.
  • ISSN: 0901-8328,
    eISSN: 1502-7244.

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    Short versions of it have been presented at the 17th International Conference of the European Society of Women in Theological Research "Translation. Transgression. Transformation" on August 26, 2017 in the Kardinal König Haus in Vienna in Austria and at the 9th Annual Conference of the Gender Studies Association Austria "Gender Embodied – Verkörpertes Geschlecht" on October 1st, 2022 at the Paris Lodron University of Salzburg in Austria.

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