As the Russian army advanced through Romania in late , her parents fled with her to southern Germany. They subsequently moved to Frankfurt. In , they both secured teaching appointments at the Catholic University of Notre Dame , where they had their daughter, Christina. This work, which argued for the retrieval of the overlooked contributions of women in the early Christian church, set a high standard for historical rigor in feminist theology. Additionally, she has published widely in journals and anthologies. She explores his epistles as well as the narrative of his ministry in the Acts of the Apostles.
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Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 4. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Nov 23, Irene rated it really liked it. This is a well research, densely argued, academically rigorous exploration of the role of women in early Christian leadership as revealed in a critical reading of biblical and extra biblical texts and a study of the role of women in various social subgroups of the time.
Jan 09, James rated it it was ok Shelves: early-christian-studies , gender-criticism , spring So, I had high hopes for this book when I picked it up. It is a classic of feminist biblical interpretation from a world-class scholar.
That said, there were just too many methodological problems, cases of special pleading, speculations passed off as fact upon which subsequent speculations passed off as fact were then built , and arguments from silence. She admits as much in the introduction and the first section of the book, which is devoted to methodology. Her reason for permitting this is, m So, I had high hopes for this book when I picked it up.
Her reason for permitting this is, more or less, her conviction that feminism is true and so, therefore, it is permissible to reconstruct a proto-feminist early Christianity "behind" the androcentric texts we now possess regardless of what those texts may actually say.
This, in turn, leads her shockingly! The circularity of that argument should be self-evident, and she seems aware of it, but that doesn't deter her in the slightest. On purely historical grounds, then, this text cannot stand. As a theological exercise, it demonstrates that one can, in fact, read the New Testament in a positive light while holding feminist convictions - on that level, it succeeds and, one may hope, serves to de-stabilize any false dichotomy between Christianity and Feminism.
Since that dichotomy is perpetuated by both fundamentalist Christianity AND by more radical branches of Feminism, her attempt at reading the earliest texts of the Christian heritage in this way remains relevant.
The historical reconstruction she engages in does have some promising passages - in particular when she is arguing over the social realities of the missional communities to which Paul wrote his authentic letters.
Her analysis of Jesus himself, though, simultaneously rejects the historical Jesus project while being hopelessly indebted to its methods and presuppositions both historical and theological. Apr 16, Francine rated it it was amazing. I read the 10th Anniversary edition This book is timeless; it addresses questions women have had for centuries.
That women supported Jesus financially in his public ministry is well documented and this book asserts that it marked Him as a prophet. This book states that women were engaged in ministry and leadership roles in the Church before, during and after Paul. The author asserts, as I have read elsewhere, that home churches were most often led by women. If you are not familiar with Chu I read the 10th Anniversary edition If you are not familiar with Church vocabulary, keep a dictionary handy.
Even so, this book is highly readable by all interested parties. Extensive notes after each chapter are handy for further study. This book is highly recommended for women and men searching for a deeper theology of women Shelves: faith-in-general. The gist of this challenging book is that Christianity can never realize its full potential until the old men "in charge" stop suppressing, repressing, and flat-out hating women-- both historical and current.
It was originally written in the early s and might be most relevant NOW. My only problem with it is that no blame is assigned to women themselves. I would have liked at least one chapter that exhorts women to look to their own behavior and take responsibility for what they have ALLOWED The gist of this challenging book is that Christianity can never realize its full potential until the old men "in charge" stop suppressing, repressing, and flat-out hating women-- both historical and current. I would have liked at least one chapter that exhorts women to look to their own behavior and take responsibility for what they have ALLOWED as far as being victimized.
It's not all the men's fault. Still, this is an incandescent book that belongs in the collection of any theologian, regardless of gender or denomination. View 2 comments. Aug 31, Ola rated it it was amazing. View 1 comment. Feb 25, Noelle rated it liked it Shelves: theology. Her deconstructive approach is rigorous and compelling but i think she falters some in her reconstruction.
Regardless, it's thought-provoking. May 17, Deb rated it really liked it. And sadly so scarce in the church. May 08, Laura Robinson rated it really liked it. I really love a lot of this book -- namely, the project reconstructing the history of Christian women that lurks underneath the texts of the New Testament and the methods casting a broad net for sources, paying attention to redaction , etc. But as often occurs when you're trying to reconstruct history outside the "official" narrative, there's some speculation involved.
There's an over-emphasis on the role of Sophia in the earliest theology of the church, I think, and also a historical Jesus w I really love a lot of this book -- namely, the project reconstructing the history of Christian women that lurks underneath the texts of the New Testament and the methods casting a broad net for sources, paying attention to redaction , etc. Listen to my podcast for more! May 27, Rosie rated it really liked it. This was a fascinating read, one I had meant to read for years.
It is academic and dense, so not very easy reading She builds a convincing case for the view that after early egalitarianism, the status of women was reduced in the second century. I agree with much of wh This was a fascinating read, one I had meant to read for years. I agree with much of what she says but not all. Jun 26, Den Slader rated it really liked it Shelves: favorites , religion , feminist-and-litcrit. I like how Schussler Fiorenza uses a confessional approach.
I expected her to be more critical of Saint Paul, but surprisingly she was not. In my earlier Christian growth, I disliked Paul; hence, I disliked that this book was supportive of him. But I've come to terms with Paul, and that makes this book all the more refreshing. Jun 01, Michael Walker rated it did not like it Shelves: theology , christianity. Fiorenza takes slim pickings to build a case for a feminist reading of Scripture. She reveals nothing new here.
Built on sand, her thesis fails to sway - much less to set one to thinking. Jan 13, David Bates rated it it was amazing. Apr 16, Doris Raines rated it it was amazing Shelves: doris-shelf. Oct 16, Yefta Wiatmoko rated it it was amazing. May 27, Curtis added it. Holy cow this is a dense read!
Aug 10, Gabriel Pelletier rated it it was amazing. Magnificent scholarly reformulation of a highly paternalistic book the bible. She searches for the role women played in the early "cult of Jesus," such as leaders of the first home-based churches.
Skip to search form Skip to main content You are currently offline. Some features of the site may not work correctly. DOI: Fiorenza Published Philosophy. However, it conceives of biblical revelation and canonical authority in a-historical, dogmatic terms. In its most consistent forms it insists on the verbal inspiration and literal-historical inerrancy of the Bible. The biblical text is not simply a historical expression of revelation but revelation itself.
Elisabeth Schüssler Fiorenza