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


lectio difficilior (LDiff) is recorded in the following databases:

Biblische Bibliographie Lausanne (BiBIL)

Bibelwissenschaftliche Literaturdokumentation Innsbruck (BILDI)

Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ)

Feministisch-theologischer Online-Schlagwortkatalog Bochum

International Review of Biblical Studies (IRBS)

The Ancient World Online (AWOL)

This periodical is indexed in the ATLA Religion Database ® (ATLA RDB®). Email:, www:

lectio difficilior has been awarded the 2009 Marga Bührig Advancement Award.



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

The members of the editorial board:


Why this journal?

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