Women and the Genesis of Christianity
Edited by Ben Witherington
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Women and the Genesis of Christianity by Ben Witherington
Book DescriptionThis book presents in as clear a way as possible the New Testament material dealing with women and their roles in the context of the movement Jesus began. Dr Witherington begins by illustrating the roles of women in Judaism, in the Hellenistic world, and in the Roman Empire. She goes on to show how Jesus broke significantly with convention in the way he viewed women and their roles, offering as he did a wholly new conception of the legitimate rights of women in society. An analysis follows of the apostle Paul's attitude toward women, which shows how he agreed with and differed from the ideas of his contemporaries. The concluding chapters discuss the evangelists, whose selection and presentation of material with respect to women casts much light on the early Church's understanding of women and their roles. This comprehensive survey, which avoids slanting its material to serve a modern patriarchal or feminist bias, comes to the exciting conclusion that we can see in the New Testament an attempt to reform the patriarchal orientation of the day.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521367356
(216mm x 138mm x 17mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 29-Jun-1990
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Ben Witherington
Jesus the Seer, Paperback (October 2014)
Scholars recognize that prophetic traditions, expressions, and experiences stand at the heart of most religions in the ancient Mediterranean world. This is no less true for the world of Judaism and Jesus. The author offers an extensive, cross-cultural survey of the broader expressions of prophecy in its ancient Mediterranean context.
Invitation to the New Testament, Hardback (January 2013)
The book offers a balanced approach, addressing the content, and interpretation of the New Testament in a faith-friendly light. Unique among other similar introductory textbooks, it gives a reading of the New Testament that keeps its original social and rhetorical contexts in mind.
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