Gospel Women: Studies of the Named Women in the Gospels offers fresh perspectives on the women who appear of in the Gospels. Richard Bauckham provides an in-depth study of both the individual women who appear in the Gospels and the specific passages in which they appear. This unique approach reveals that there is much more to be known about the women than previous studies have assumed. Employing historical and literary readings of the biblical texts, Bauckham successfully captures the uniqueness of each woman he studies.
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Richard Bauckham is professor emeritus of New Testament studies at the University of St. Andrews, Scotland, and senior scholar at Ridley Hall, Cambridge. A fellow of both the British Academy and the Royal Society of Edinburgh, he has also written Bible and Mission: Christian Witness in a Postmodern World.
“The contradiction given to ideas of Jewish exclusivism by the presence of these women in the Messiah’s genealogy is therefore particularly sharp and unambiguous.” (Page 42)
“Thus the book of Ruth, its conclusion tells us, is the kind of story that official, masculine history leaves out.” (Page 11)
“It is especially instructive to see her as a new Rahab encountering a Messiah who could be a new Joshua.” (Page 44)
“As a descendant of the exiles of the tribe of Asher, Anna ensures that the community represented in the narrative is Israel as a whole, northern tribes as well as southern, exiles as well as inhabitants of the land. She ensures that the messianic hopes represented include those of the northern tribes and the exiles.” (Page 98)
“Mary appears in the genealogy because Matthew cannot otherwise explain Joseph’s relationship to Jesus.9 This most fundamental reason why Mary appears in the genealogy has no precedent in the other four women, and so it is not at all obvious why their function in the genealogy should have to be related to Mary.” (Pages 21–22)