Women in the Ministry of Jesus: A Study of Jesus’ Attitudes to Women and their Roles as Reflected in His Earthly Life
- Author: Ben Witherington III
- Series: Monograph series (Society for New Testament Studies), 51
- ISBN 10: 0521347815
- ISBN 13: 9780521347815
- Published: 1987
- Pages: 238
- Language: English
- Format: PDF
- Price: $46.21
A fascinating and original contribution to the exegesis of Biblical passages relevant to the current debate on women’s roles in the Church and society.
Women in the Ministry of Jesus is a study of both of Jesus’ attitudes towards women as reflected in his words and deeds, and of the women who were part of his ministry, or who interacted with him according to the Gospel accounts. The book seeks to provide a balanced analysis of the relevant Biblical material, and also the historical background necessary to illuminate the setting of the Gospel events. Particular attention is given to related issues such as Jesus’ views on marriage, the family and the single life, as well as his teaching on adultery, the laws of the clean and unclean and the sabbath. Witherington concludes that Jesus cannot be categorized neatly either as chauvinist or as feminist.
This is an excellent resource for Bible study preparation. With important historical and cultural information as well as insight into Jesus’ attitudes about women, Witherington does an excellent job helping us see how Jesus valued women and elevated them — especially in first century Palestine, when women had such an inferior status in the world. This is a necessity for your pastoral library.
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