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Gospel Women : Studies of the Named Women in the Gospels :  Studies of the Named Women in the Gospels - Richard Buckham

Gospel Women : Studies of the Named Women in the Gospels

Studies of the Named Women in the Gospels

Paperback Published: May 2002
ISBN: 9780802849991
Number Of Pages: 343

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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 womans perspective. Other studies examine the women found in Matthews and Lukes 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, Bauckhams 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 todays leading theologians, "Gospel Women will be of interest to a wide range of readers.

Industry Reviews

Concordia Journal -Richard Bauckham . . . has produced an unusual book in which his great learning is clearly on display. Not only is Bauckham very well versed in the New Testament, but he demonstrates an encyclopedic knowledge of both early Judaism and early Christianity. . . Heartily recommended to all serious students of the Gospels.-Catholic Library World -As always in his writing, Richard Bauckham is thorough and meticulous with this comprehensive survey of the named women in the gospel tradition.-Tal Ilan -This book is an interesting combination of theology, feminist thinking, and history. Richard Bauckham's erudition in the ancient Christian sources within the New Testament and without is impressive. His use of information derived from completely different disciplines as far afield as epigraphy and Targum is instructive and enlightening. This is not just another book on New Testament women. It is essential to all who are interested in women, history, ancient Judaism, and ancient Christianity.-Marianne Meye Thompson -The texts that deal with women in the New Testament have been worked over so often it might seem that there is nothing left to say. In this masterful study Richard Bauckham easily proves this is not the case. Bauckham's acquaintance with feminist criticism and other approaches to these texts, his careful attention to the details of the narratives, and his fresh historical research bring an unparalleled depth to his work. Not only does he establish a benchmark for future interpretation, but he also models how close and careful study of a Gospel can illumine the whole. Those who would dismiss this book as 'just another work on women in the New Testament' will deprive themselves of the feast offered here.-Ben Witherington III -Richard Bauckham is well known for his encyclopedic knowledge of early Judaism and its offshoot, early Jewish Christianity. Here he applies that depth of knowledge to a specific important subject ? the named women in the Gospels. The results are not only illuminating but exciting. This is an invaluable resource on the subject. Highly recommended!-Religious Studies Review -This is an outstanding volume that reflects the author's careful research and penchant for presenting essentials in language fit even for beginners.-Library Journal -Bauckham has written an outstanding scholarly study of the women of the Christian Scriptures. . . At times, his speculations and findings, as in the substantial middle section on the Apostle Joanna, are nothing less than astonishing. A fine and perceptive book for scholars and lay readers alike; highly recommended.-

The Book of Ruth as a Key to Gynocentric Reading of Scripturep. 1
The Female Voice in Ruthp. 1
Women's and Men's Perspectivesp. 6
Female Power and Male Authorityp. 8
The Problem of the Genealogyp. 10
The Canonical Role of Gynocentric Textsp. 12
The Gentile Foremothers of the Messiahp. 17
Why Are These Women Here?p. 17
The Ancestry of Tamarp. 28
The Marriage of Rahabp. 34
The Canaanite Womenp. 41
Elizabeth and Mary in Luke 1: Reading a Gynocentric Text Intertextuallyp. 47
Luke 1:5-80: A Gynocentric Textp. 47
Mary as Agent of God's Salvation of Israelp. 55
Mary's Lowly Statusp. 69
Anna of the Tribe of Asherp. 77
Introductionp. 77
Where Were the Asherites?p. 79
Jerusalem and the Median Diasporap. 88
Ann, Phanuel, and the Book of Tobitp. 92
Anna in Gospel and Historyp. 98
The Northern Tribes in Exile in 4 Ezra 13p. 101
The Place of Origin of the Book of Tobitp. 103
Joanna the Apostlep. 109
On the Road with Jesus and His Disciplesp. 110
Jewish Women as Owners of Propertyp. 121
Wife of Herod's "Steward"p. 135
Wife of Chuza the Nabateanp. 150
Patron or Servant?p. 161
Joanna Also Known as Juniap. 165
Joanna as Apostolic Witnessp. 186
The Historical Joanna - a Sketchp. 194
Readers on the Road with Joannap. 199
Mary of Clopasp. 203
Who Was She?p. 204
Her Role in the Mission of the Church in Palestinep. 213
Additional Note on Tradition in John 19:25-27p. 218
The Two Salomes and the Secret Gospel of Markp. 225
Salome the Sister of Jesusp. 226
Salome the Disciple of Jesusp. 234
The Secret Gospel of Markp. 247
Some Extracanonical Texts about Salome the Disciple of Jesusp. 254
The Women and the Resurrection: The Credibility of Their Storiesp. 257
Introductionp. 257
The Formation of the Gospel Resurrection Narrativesp. 262
The Credibility of Womenp. 268
The Women in Matthewp. 277
The Women in Lukep. 279
The Women in Johnp. 283
The Women in Markp. 286
The Women as Authoritative Witnesses in the Early Churchp. 295
The Women in the Kerygmatic Summariesp. 304
Index of Names of Ancient People and Placesp. 311
Index of Modern Authorsp. 320
Index of Ancient Literaturep. 327
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ISBN: 9780802849991
ISBN-10: 0802849997
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 343
Published: May 2002
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.67 x 15.95  x 2.57
Weight (kg): 0.54

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