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Jesus: Miriam’s Child, Sophia’s Prophet: Critical Issues in Feminist Christology



In Jesus: Miriam’s Child, Sophia’s Prophet Elisabeth Schüssler Fiorenza makes a unique contribution to two quite different discussions of Jesus the Christ. On the one hand, she looks at biblical Christology from a critical feminist perspective in the tradition of liberation theology. On the other, she examines the feasibility of a feminine Christology by considering such problems as Christian anti-Judaism, ideological justification of domination, religious exclusivism and the formation of patriarchal identity. Re-imagine the Jesus movement in a feminist key with the author and transcend the boundaries set by history, gender and doctrine. By assessing various Jesus traditions and interpretations in terms of whether they can engender liberating visions for today, Schüssler Fiorenza will challenge you as she seeks to transform a Christianity dominated by masculinity and exclusivist theological frameworks so that it offers a vision of justice and well-being for all, the central image in which is the reign, the coming world, of God. This Cornerstones edition features a new extended introduction which takes into account the developments in the field since the work was originally published in 1994.

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  • Title: Jesus: Miriam’s Child, Sophia’s Prophet: Critical Issues in Feminist Christology
  • Author: Elisabeth Schüssler Fiorenza
  • Edition: Second Edition
  • Series: The Cornerstones Series
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury
  • Print Publication Date: 2015
  • Logos Release Date: 2019
  • Language: English
  • Resources: 1
  • Format: Digital › Logos Research Edition
  • Subjects: Jesus Christ › Person and offices; Bible. N.T. › Feminist criticism; Bible. N.T. › Criticism, interpretation, etc; Feminist theology; Women in Christianity › History--Early church, ca. 30-600; Wisdom (Biblical personification)
  • ISBNs: 9780567658654, 9780567658661
  • Resource Type: Monograph
  • Metadata Last Updated: 2021-03-31T21:55:09Z

Krister Stendahl Professor of Divinity, she has done pioneering work in biblical interpretation and feminist theology. Her teaching and research focus on questions of biblical and theological epistemology, hermeneutics, rhetoric, and the politics of interpretation, as well as on issues of theological education, radical equality, and democracy. She is a co-founder and co-editor of the Journal of Feminist Studies in Religion and has been a founding co-editor of the feminist issues of Concilium. She was elected the first woman president of the Society of Biblical Literature and has served on the editorial boards of major biblical journals and societies. In 2001, she was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Her published work includes In Memory of Her (translated into 14 languages); Bread Not Stone; But She Said; Discipleship of Equals; Revelation: Vision of a Just World; The Power of Naming; Jesus: Miriam’s Child; Sharing Her Word; Jesus and the Politics of Interpretation; Wisdom Ways: Introducing Feminist Biblical Interpretation; Grenzen Berschreiten: Der theoretische Anspruch feministischer Theologie; and The Power of the Word: Scripture and the Rhetoric of Empire. Her most recent book, Democratizing Biblical Studies Toward an Emancipatory Educational Space, will be published by Westminster John Knox Press.


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