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Liberating Tradition: Women’s Identity and Vocation in Christian Perspective


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In this work, Kristina LaCelle-Peterson seeks both to affirm the central place of Scripture in the Christian life and to highlight the liberating nature of the Gospel for both men and women. To do this, she first considers the biblical ideal for human beings and then offers a biblical foundation for each of the topics under discussion—from identity and body image to language for God. She also examines the cultural nature of gender roles and the ways in which these roles have become entangled with ecclesial expectations.

Liberating Tradition provides readers with a clear Christian perspective on the issues that women face in the twenty-first century. The book does not provide a Christian gloss on the field of gender studies as it exists, but rather provides Christian women with a gender-informed Christian platform from which to enter into dialogue in that field.

In the Logos edition, this volume is enhanced by amazing functionality. Scripture citations link directly to English translations, and important terms link to dictionaries, encyclopedias, and a wealth of other resources in your digital library. Perform powerful searches to find exactly what you’re looking for. Take the discussion with you using tablet and mobile apps. With Logos Bible Software, the most efficient and comprehensive research tools are in one place, so you get the most out of your study.

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  • Considers the biblical ideal for human beings
  • Offers a biblical foundation for each topic
  • Examines the cultural nature of gender roles
  • Women’s Identity, Human Identity
    • Made in God’s Image
    • Women Characters in Scripture
    • Supermodels for Jesus? Christian Women and Body Image
  • We’re in This Thing Together
    • The Good, the Bad, and the Downright Strange: Marriages in the Bible
    • Mistaking the Industrial Revolution for the Garden of Eden: The Myth of the “Traditional” Marriage
    • Two Heads Are Better Than One: Marriage as Partnership
  • Women in the Church and the World or Why Watching TV Is Not Enough
    • Seeing the Invisible: Women in the Early Church
    • Abbesses, Mystics, and Reformation Women
    • Changing the World: Women in Missions, Social Reform, and Church Work in America Evangelicalism
  • I Said What I Meant, and Meant What I Said
    • Not Counting Women and Children: Linguistic Invisibility in the Church
    • The Discarded Images: Reasserting Biblical Language for God
LaCelle-Peterson has written a book that is at once biblical, engaging, comprehensive, forthright, balanced, and caring. It should be especially helpful for those on the ‘women’s side’ of the debate to read something as irenic as this; and hopefully these same features will calm some of the rhetoric on the other side. I am glad to commend it to all.

Gordon D. Fee, professor emeritus, Regent College

Powerfully written, powerfully argued. A real manifesto for those desiring a biblical understanding of the manifold issues associated with our concepts of gender.

Catherine Kroeger, founder and former president, Christians for Biblical Equality

  • Title: Liberating Tradition: Women’s Identity and Vocation in Christian Perspective
  • Author: Kristina LaCelle-Peterson
  • Publisher: Baker Academic
  • Print Publication Date: 2008
  • Logos Release Date: 2013
  • Pages: 256
  • Language: English
  • Resources: 1
  • Format: Digital › Logos Research Edition
  • Subjects: Women in Christianity; Women › Religious aspects--Christianity
  • ISBNs: 9781441249210, 9780801031793
  • Resource Type: Monograph
  • Metadata Last Updated: 2022-07-29T20:40:17Z

Kristina LaCelle-Peterson (PhD, Drew University) is associate professor of religion at Houghton College in Houghton, New York, and is an ordained elder in the Free Methodist Church.


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