Gospel Women: Studies of the Named Women in the Gospels

Gospel Women: Studies of the Named Women in the Gospels

Gospel Women: Studies of the Named Women in the Gospels

Gospel Women: Studies of the Named Women in the Gospels

Synopsis

There have been many studies of the women in the Gospels, but this is a new kind of book on the subject. Rather than offering a general overview of the Gospel women or focusing on a single theme, Richard Bauckham studies in great depth both the individual women who appear in the Gospels and the specific passages in which they appear.

This unique approach reveals that there is much more to be known about such women than previous studies have assumed. Employing historical and literary readings of the biblical texts, Bauckham successfully captures the particularity of each woman he studies.

An opening look at the Old Testament book of Ruth introduces the possibilities of reading Scripture from a woman's perspective. Other studies examine the women found in Matthew's genealogies, the prophet Anna, Mary of Clopas, Joanna, Salome, and the women featured in the Gospel resurrection narrative. A number of these women have never been the subject of deep theological enquiry.

Unlike most recent books, Bauckham's work is not dominated by a feminist agenda. It does not presume in advance that the Gospel texts support patriarchal oppression, but it does venture some of the new and surprising possibilities that arise when the texts are read from the perspective of their female characters.

Astute, sensitive to issues of gender, and written by one of today's leading theologians, Gospel Women will be of interest to a wide range of readers.

Excerpt

Imaginatively adopting the perspective of biblical wo/men rather than
just looking at them as fixed objects in texts in a fixed context yields a
different world and set of possibilities
.

This is not just another book on women in the Gospels. of course, it is a book that reflects the huge wave of interest in this subject over the last two decades, especially since Elisabeth Schüssler Fiorenza’s pioneering and immensely influential In Memory of Her: a Feminist Theological Reconstruction of Christian Origins (1983). a succession of books have studied women in the ministry of the historical Jesus or in the Gospels in general, while others have taken one or

1. E. Schüssler Fiorenza, Jesus and the Politics of Interpretation (New York: Continuum, 2000) 36.

2. E. Schüssler Fiorenza, In Memory of Her: a Feminist Theological Reconstruction of Christian Origins (New York: Crossroad; London: scm, 1983).

3. E. Moltmann-Wendel, The Women Around Jesus (tr. J. Bowden; New York: Crossroad; London: scm, 1982); B. Witherington iii, Women in the Ministry of Jesus (SNTSMS 51; Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1984); S. Heine, Women and Early Christianity: Are the Feminist Scholars Right? (tr. J. Bowden; Minneapolis: Augsburg; London: scm, 1987); J. A. Grassi, The Hidden Heroes of the Gospels (Collegeville, Minn.: Liturgical, 1989); L. Schottroff, Let the Oppressed Go Free: Feminist Perspectives on the New Testament (Louisville: Westminster/John Knox, 1991); K. E. Corley, Private Women, Public Meals: Social Conflict in the Synoptic Tradition (Peabody, Mass.: Hendrickson, 1993); C. Ricci, Mary Magdalene and Many Others (tr. P. Burns; Minneapolis: Fortress, 1994); E. Schüssler Fiorenza, Jesus: Miriam’s Child, Sophia’s Prophet (New York: Continuum; London: scm, 1994); L. Schottroff, Lydia’s Impatient Sisters: a Feminist So

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