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The Rhetoric of Biblical Authority: John Knox and the Question of Women
Susan M. Felch
The Sixteenth Century Journal
Vol. 26, No. 4 (Winter, 1995), pp. 805-822
Published by: Sixteenth Century Journal
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/2543787
Page Count: 18
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John Knox's 1558 The First Blast of the Trumpet Against the Monstruous Regiment of Women argues so vehemently for the position of women's subordination that, at a first reading, there seems to be little room for the complementary notion of spiritual equality between the sexes. However, at the same time Knox was composing The First Blast, he was writing letters to female friends which are remarkably free of gendered rhetoric. Reading The First Blast in conjunction with these letters produces an odd sense of vertigo, yet what governs genre, rhetoric, and ideology in both The First Blast and the letters is Knox's conception of the authority of God's law as revealed in the Bible. This powerful verbal rubric divides idolatrous from godly while uniting both sexes in obedience to God and submission to his word.
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