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lectio difficilior (LDiff) appears twice a year in Bern as electronic journal and is accessible through Internet without restrictions or costs. lectio difficilior is a referred journal. Articles are published in German, English or French. There are no royalties connected to the publication of the articles.

The copyright of the articles is held by the authors. The editors are not liable for any misuse of contributions published on Internet, but they guarantee careful handling before publication.

ISSN 1661-3317

Prof. Silvia Schroer (Bern) / Prof. Dr. Tal Ilan (Berlin)

Prof. Silvia Schroer
Ev.-Theol. Fakultät
Länggassstr. 51
CH - 3000 Bern 9

Prof. Tal Ilan
Institut für Judaistik
Schwendenerstr. 27
14195 Berlin

Why an electronic journal for feminist exegesis?

Feminist exegesis is an internationally recognised approach in biblical studies, which also delivers an important contribution to Gender studies. So far feminist exegetes living in Europe had only few possibilities to present their research to their fellow researchers and to all those interested in their work. This situation is deplorable, since european feminist exegesis is an extraordinarily lively research area with unique and original contributions.

At a meeting of contributors to the Kompendium Feministische Bibelauslegung, edited by Luise Schottroff and Marie-Theres Wacker, taking place in Münster (Germany) in December 1998, the suggestion was made to start with a journal. From the very beginning an electronic version was preferred, because this is less expensive and answers better to the current needs of internationally oriented scholars than a printed version does.

many-sided, exciting, relevant
lectio difficilior

  • is the first European refereed journal for feminist exegesis, hermeneutics and related disciplines (classical philology, archeology, egyptology, studies of the ancient Near Middle East, ancient history, history of art, social sciences, psychology, e.a.).
  • It appears twice a year in Bern since 2000 in three languages ( German, English or French). Since then many fascinating articles were published in lectio difficilior.
  • offers feminist scholars and all those interested in exegesis and theology: scholarly articles, a forum for discussion and work in progress, as well information about new publications.
  • is cross-confessional. It covers biblical studies from a Catholic, Protestant, Orthodox, but also Jewish, Muslim or any other feminist viewpoint.
  • is interdisciplinary. Contributions from related disciplines are published when a link with exegesis or biblical hermeneutics is present.
  • offers especially European feminist scholars the opportunity to publish their scholarly work quickly.