July 2021 interview by David Carr with Professor Ken Stone of Chicago Theological Seminary. Ken Stone's research connects critical theory and biblical interpretation, with a particular focus on issues of gender, sexuality, animals and ecology. Recent books by him include his 2005 book, Practicing Safer Texts: Food, Sex and the Bible in Queer Perspective and his 2017 volume on Reading the Bible with Animal Studies. In this interview he talks particularly about his work on Genesis 2-3 as informed by the work of Monique Wittig and Judith Butler, especially two articles: “The Garden of Eden and the Heterosexual Contract,” in Bodily Citations, ed. Ellen T. Armour and Susan M. St. Ville (New York: Columbia University Press, 2006), 48-70 and "Bibles That Matter: Biblical Theology and Queer Performativity," Biblical Theology Bulletin 38 (2008):14-25.
This interview was developed for use in Introduction to the Hebrew Bible as a complement to David Carr's The Hebrew Bible: A Contemporary Introduction to the Christian Old Testament and Jewish Tanakh (Wiley Blackwell, 2021). It is made more widely available to benefit other classrooms and other interested parties.