St Mark's National Theological Centre

Church Responses to Violence Against Women (Prof David Tombs)



In her recent work ‘Scars Across Humanity’ (2015), British theologian and sociologist Elaine Starkey outlines different forms of gender-based violence which women can experience across their life-cycle. This lecture draws on Storkey’s work and on feminist biblical approaches for a careful reading of 2 Samuel 15-16 which explores the violence against the ten concubines left to look after King David’s house when David fled Jerusalem to escape his son Absalom. It highlights David’s shameful response to the concubines when he returned to Jerusalem (2 Samuel 20), and asks how churches can do more to avoid victim blaming and victim shaming in their response to violence against women. Delivered by Professor David Tombs for our mid-year Commencement event on 9 July 2018. FULL LECTURE DETAILS