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Women and the Genesis of Christianity - Ben Witherington

Women and the Genesis of Christianity

By: Ben Witherington (Editor)

Paperback Published: 3rd September 1990
ISBN: 9780521367356
Number Of Pages: 292

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This study explores the role of women in New Testament times. Beginning with the woman's place in Judaism, in the Hellenistic world, and in the Roman Empire, Witherington demonstrates how Jesus broke significantly with convention in how he viewed women, offering as he did a wholly new conception of the legitimate rights of women in society.

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"Ben Witherington's book is one of the most honest and least ideological works about women and Christianity I have read in a number of years." The Christian Century

Acknowledgementsp. x
Prefacep. xi
Women in First Century Cultures
Women in Judaismp. 3
Social lifep. 3
Spiritual lifep. 6
Women in Hellenistic settingsp. 10
Greecep. 10
Macedoniap. 15
Asia Minorp. 17
Women in Roman settingsp. 19
Social lifep. 19
Spiritual lifep. 22
Conclusionsp. 25
Jesus and Women
Teachings on family and single lifep. 29
Parents - Mk 10.19, 7.9-13p. 29
Children - Mk 9.33-7, 10.13-16p. 31
Widows - Mk 12.38-40, 12.41-4p. 34
Marriage and adultery - Mt. 5.27-30, Jn 8.2-11p. 36
Divorce - Mt. 5.31-2, 19.3-9, Lk. 16.18p. 40
"Eunuchs," the single life - Mt. 19.10-12p. 45
Conclusionsp. 48
Women in the parables and judgment sayingsp. 52
Parablesp. 52
Female imagery in the judgment sayingsp. 59
Conclusionsp. 63
Stories of help and healingp. 65
The Lucan anointing - Lk. 7.36-50p. 65
The woman at the well - Jn 4.7-42p. 68
The Syrophoenician woman - Mk 7.24-30 (Mt. 15.21-8)p. 74
Peter's mother-in-law - Mk 1.29-31 (Mt. 8.14-15, Lk. 4.38-9)p. 76
Healing a cripple on the Sabbath - Lk. 13.10-17p. 78
Jairus and the Jewess - Mk 5.21-43 (Mt. 9.18-26, Lk. 8.40-56)p. 80
The widow of Nain - Lk. 7.11-17p. 84
Conclusionsp. 86
Women in the ministry of Jesusp. 88
Mother Mary, Jesus' disciplep. 88
Mary and Marthap. 99
Women who followed Jesusp. 110
Conclusionsp. 117
Paul and Women
Women and the physical familyp. 123
Marriage, divorce, and the single life - 1 Cor. 7p. 124
Exclusive monogamy - Rom. 7.1-3p. 138
Holiness and honor - 1 Thess. 4.3-8p. 140
Mixed marriages - 2 Cor. 6.14-7.1p. 143
Conclusionsp. 145
Paul and the household tablesp. 147
Introductionp. 147
The Colossian household table - Col. 3.18-4.1p. 148
The Ephesian household table - Eph. 5.21-33p. 154
Conclusionsp. 160
Women and the family of faithp. 163
Rites and rights for women - Gal. 3.28p. 163
An unveiled threat? - 1 Cor. 11.2-16p. 164
Silence in all the churches? - 1 Cor. 14.33b-36p. 172
Conclusionsp. 178
Paul and his female co-workersp. 180
The church - spirit and structurep. 180
Trouble in paradise? - Phil. 4.2-3p. 185
An ancient greeting card? - Rom. 16.1-16p. 186
Conclusionsp. 190
The Pastoral Epistlesp. 191
Behavior at worship - 1 Tim. 2.8-15p. 191
Character of a deaconess - 1 Tim. 3.11p. 196
Conclusionsp. 196
Women and the Evangelists
Women and the Third Evangelistp. 201
Women in the ministry of Jesusp. 201
Women in the Resurrection narrativesp. 202
Women in the birth narrativesp. 204
Women in the primitive Church - The Book of Actsp. 210
Conclusionsp. 220
Women and the Evangelists Matthew, Mark, and Johnp. 225
The Gospel of Markp. 225
The Gospel of Matthewp. 229
The Gospel of Johnp. 232
Conclusionsp. 235
Conclusionsp. 237
Notesp. 251
Select bibliographyp. 263
Indexp. 266
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ISBN: 9780521367356
ISBN-10: 0521367352
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 292
Published: 3rd September 1990
Publisher: CAMBRIDGE UNIV PR
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.34 x 13.72  x 2.29
Weight (kg): 0.34

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