Jesus According to a Woman

Jesus According to a Woman

Jesus According to a Woman

Jesus According to a Woman

Excerpt

In the period of ten years since I wrote this book, a great deal of change has taken place. Today there is a term, "Christian feminist" or "Christian feminism," with which I can identify, a term unknown in the 1960s and 1970s. I felt when I was writing these essays that I was somewhat alone in my perceptions. At some level I was trying to integrate the secular women's movement with what I knew to be the reality, the core, the kernel of Christianity--that women are indeed made in God's image, and that there is neither Jew nor Greek, neither slave nor free, neither male nor female, that we are all one in Christ (Gen. 1:27; Gal. 3:28).

Today many of us recognize that biblical interpretation and preaching has been filtered through the biases, the social conditioning and cultural assumptions of the persons expressing the views. We acknowledge that we have received messages about our faith, Scripture and Christian history from those who are and were integrated into a patriarchal system. Indeed, all biblical interpretation is skewed by a point of view, an androcentric bias, by the patriarchal underpinnings and sociological assumptions of ancient Graeco-Roman culture-- or the Western white male intellectual system of the more recent past.

It was this mind-set that I struggled with, fighting against the negative, stereotypical interpretations of Scripture that related to women.

But as I reflect on the past, I see that in my own life there were several stimulants which led to the creation of Jesus According to a Woman and Jesus and the Freed Woman. In addition to coming from a Germanic background, which . . .

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