Betsworth analyzes the daughters in the Gospel of Mark: the woman from the crowd - whom Jesus calls daughter, Jairus daughter (5:21-43), Herodias daughter (6:14-29), and the daughter of the Syro-Phoenician woman (7:24-30). To demonstrate how the Gospels first century audience may have heard these stories, Betsworth begins by examining daughters in their ancient Mediterranean context. Betsworth then considers representations of daughters in select texts from the Septuagint and Greco-Roman literature - from the seventh and sixth centuries B.C.E. to the second century C.E. Although these depictions seem to be in contrast to the social-historical construction of daughters, Betsworth shows that in many ways the literary portrayals of daughters function to uphold the values of Greco-Roman culture - especially those of virginity before and faithfulness in marriage.These two lines of enquiryundergird Betsworths investigation. From it she is able to show that the daughters in the Gospel uphold the values of the reign of God, as an integral part of the Gospels inclusive social vision of Gods reign.
Overall, Betsworth's analyses are logical. This book is an interesting examination of the topic at hand from a different methodological perspective.--Studies in Religion/ Sciences Religieuses
Chapter Outline; 1. Introduction; i. Previous Scholarship on Daughters in the Gospel of Mark; ii. Determining the Function of Daughters in Mark's Gospel; 2. Social-Historical Status of and Attitudes about Daughters in the Greco- Roman World; i. Greco-Roman Family and Religion; ii. The Life of Girls in the Greco-Roman World; iii. Attitudes toward Daughters in the Greco-Roman Context; 3. Literary Representations of Daughters; i. The Homeric Hymn to Demeter; ii. Jewish Novels; iii. The Plays of Menander; iv. Greek Novels; 4. The Daughters in the Gospel of Mark; i. Mark 5:21-43 - An Older Daughter and a Younger Daughter; a. The Daughter from the Crowd; b. The Daughter of Jairus; ii. Mark 6:17-29 - The Daughter of Herodias; iii. Mark 7:24-31 - The Daughter of the Syro-Phoenician Woman; iv. Daughters and the Reign of God; v. Jesus as the Son of God; 5. Summary and Conclusions.