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The Women Around Jesus: Reflections on Authentic Personhood Paperback – 1 Jan 1959

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Examines the New Testament and church history to rediscover Jesus' women disciples and their place in early Christian tradition.

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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
Excellent and acceptable overview of the women around Jesus 24 Feb. 1999
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The author, a doctorate in theology who writes and teaches in Tubingen, provides insight into the author of each Gospel as well as places women into a cultural context in their relationship to Jesus. This contextual view of Jesus and his relationships to women opned my eyes to the depths of his loving and tender nature. Its is women who give us the story of the crucifixion and resurrection. Reading this book along with Margaret Hebblethwaite's Six New Gospels moved me to tears. I have been a life long student of church history and theology. Where was this Jesus and these women when I went to Sunday School and sat faithfully through more than half a century of sermons? Its like eating canned peas and carrots and thinking you have tasted vegetables, then eating of the harvest in a California vegetarian restaurant! After the delight of the fresh harvest from asparagus and artichoke to zucchini, the question is--who would be willing to return to the canned peas and carrots, only?
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The Women Around Jesus 9 Aug. 2007
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Is of vital relevance for all those concerned with greater freedom for women in the church today.
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The Women Abound Around Jesus 3 Aug. 2014
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Having just finished this book (what I had hoped would have been a scholarly approach, but was more of a feminist defense), I was disappointed. The book had been on my shelf for years, and although I thought I had already read it, I picked it up and found I had not. I would have noted the feminist bent right away. Not to say it doesn't have its moments, but I really was surprised at how little real academic research went into it as opposed to opinion. The author uses a lot of made-up anecdotes, and way too much of the German theological approach, lots of examples-in-medieval-art (they spell it mediaeval), and even cited examples from Jesus Christ, Superstar, a couple of times--all to support her "the women knew, and men didn't" hypothesis.

I did develop a better appreciation of Martha of Bethany (strong-willed, tough, practical), but I think she missed the boat on Mary of Bethany (whom most scholars now associate with Mary Magdalene). She brings up the confusing number of Marys in the New Testament, but never really resolves the issue (actually, she makes it worse, later adding in a lot of "unnamed" women). And this was after she's already told us that the brother and two sisters, Lazarus, Martha, and Mary each had their own homestead, or "castle": Martha had Bethany, Lazarus had a section in Jerusalem (prob. where the Last Supper was held), and Mary's was in Magdala on Lake Gennesaret (ergo, Mary of Magdala, though she often visited and/or lived with her sister in Bethany). And she never does a credible job of discussing the Gospels' "synopticity" or lack thereof. Finally, there's no index, so if you want to go back and check something you have to leaf through a whole chapter or more.

Sorry, I can't recommend it unless your main interest is in a feminist approach to the N.T. and you're willing to forego the scholarship of a serious study of the world of the 1st Century A.D. in general and the Gospels and Apocrypha in particular.
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