Most introductions like this include a few brief comments situating the essays gathered together and then quickly moving on, trying to whet the appetite of any potential reader by introducing each essay. However, given the nature of this collection, we feel that a more substantial introduction to Marxist feminist criticism is in order. In what follows, we begin by outlining the motivations for this volume. From there we move on to provide a very brief introduction to Marxist feminism, especially in terms of the interaction between politics and literary interpretation. Then we present a primer for what Marxist feminist criticism of the Bible might look like - or rather, what central questions such an approach might bring to the fore. Finally, we explore a few of the broader issues in the intersection between the two philosophical, literary and political programmes.