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By L. Palazzo

Learn within the context of rising nineteenth Century women's theology, Rossetti's devotional prose indicates a special choice for the "wisdom texts" of scripture, and foreshadows the paintings of top feminist theologians this day. This quantity disputes the belief that Rossetti was once a follower of Keble and Pusey, and exhibits how her dissatisfaction with the male-dominated name to celibacy led her to reject their notions of worldliness, and to shape a better bond with the actual international and the physique.

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How can a woman achieve the salvation of Christ when divided from Him by a gender barrier? Must woman be forever ‘shut out’ of full participation in theological matters because of her moral inferiority, which the Bible appears to state unequivocally? Rossetti’s attention turns to scripture itself to try and understand. With ‘Eve’ (1865) she faces the biblical text head on, and begins to rebuild her relationship with Christ on a firmer foundation than before, through a revaluation of her own relationship with key women in the text.

Here feminist theology can help in our understanding of Rossetti’s work, by its reassertion of the spiritual authority of woman’s activity in all spheres through the authority and dignity of wisdom. 49 So rather than signal submission and inferiority, the domestic scene can be considered a sign of solidarity and hope for the future. Those poems which present us with a wisdom-figure can be interpreted with this reversal in mind. Furthermore, as we will see, Rossetti’s development of this figure becomes the foundation of much of her later devotional writing.

25:5) who wait while he tarries’, and like the bridegroom of Psalm 19:5, who comes ‘out of his chamber, and rejoices like a strong man to run a race’. 482). However, by limiting the theological scope of the two poems, which she considers first as a response to Dante Gabriel and the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, and second, as subversion of ‘the gender divisions to which Victorians were so prone’ in their biblical hermeneutics, she is unable to do justice to Rossetti’s writing as criticism of patriarchal Christianity itself.

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