Academic journal article Magistra

God's Self-Confident Daughters; Early Christianity and the Liberation of Women

Academic journal article Magistra

God's Self-Confident Daughters; Early Christianity and the Liberation of Women

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Anne Jensen, (Louisville: Westminster John Knox PreSS; 1996), 347 pp, paper, $34.00, ISBN 0-664-25672-4.

In this fine, scholarly translation from the German, Anne Jensen brings together the results of a long research project on women in early Christianity. This project, involving several scholars, was originally interested in looking at how Christianity promoted and hindered women's liberation. Jensen's goal evolved into an attempt to restore women's historical roots, much like Schussler Fiorenza's In Memory Of Her. It has also been an attempt to change the image of women and the image of history and the world with its concomitant hierarchy of values.

God's Self-Confident Daughters is not a retelling of the history of women in early Christianity per se. Rather Jensen has provided a highly interpretive study which is the result of her rigorous research and detailed historical analysis. She seeks to recover a sense of women's participation as apostles and missionaries, as monastics and ascetics, as martyrs and preachers. …

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