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Salty Wives, Spirited Mothers, and Savvy Widows: Capable Women of Purpose and Persistence in Luke’s Gospel
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Salty Wives, Spirited Mothers, and Savvy Widows: Capable Women of Purpose and Persistence in Luke’s Gospel

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Eerdmans 2012

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Overview

Engaging feminist hermeneutics and philosophy alongside more traditional methods of biblical study, Salty Wives, Spirited Mothers, and Savvy Widows demonstrates and celebrates the remarkable capability and ingenuity of several women in the Gospel of Luke. While recent studies have exposed women’s limited opportunities for ministry in Luke, F. Scott Spencer pulls the pendulum back from a negative feminist-critical pole toward a more constructive center.

While acknowledging that Luke sends somewhat “mixed messages” about women’s work and status as Jesus’ disciples, Scott Spencer sheds fresh light on his portrayal of women with his engaging analysis of the interesting host of female characters found in Luke, including Mary, Elizabeth, Joanna, Martha and Mary, and the infamous wife of Lot—whom Jesus exhorts his followers to remember—as well as female characters in Jesus’ parables.

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Key Features

  • Engages feminist hermeneutics and philosophy alongside more traditional methods of biblical study
  • Discusses the remarkable capability of several women in the Gospel of Luke
  • Sheds a fresh light on the portrayal of women found in Luke

Contents

  • Toward Bluer Skies: Reducing the Threat Level and Resurrecting Feminist Studies of Women in Luke
  • Can We Go On Together with Suspicious Minds? Doubt and Trust as Both Sides of the Hermeneutical “Coin” (Luke 15:8-10)
  • A Woman’s Right to Choose? Mother Mary as Spirited Agent and Actor (Luke 1–2)
  • The Quest for the Historical Joanna: Follower of Jesus, Friend of Mary Magdalene, and Wife of Herod’s Official (Luke 8:1-3; 24:10)
  • A Testy Hostess and Her Lazy Sister? Martha, Mary, and the Household Rivals Type-Scene (Luke 10:38-42)
  • A Hungry Widow, Spicy Queen, and Salty Wife: “Foreign” Biblical Models of Warning and Judgment (Luke 4:25-26; 11:31; 17:32)
  • The Savvy Widow’s Might: Fighting for Justice in an Unjust World (Luke 18:1-8)
  • A Capable Woman, Who Can Find? We Have Found Some in Luke!

Praise for the Print Edition

In this insightful volume he enters the fray of feminist debate over Luke’s decidedly ‘mixed messages’ regarding women, masterfully negotiating the tension between liberating and limiting elements of Luke’s presentation.

Frances Taylor Gench, associate professor of biblical studies, Lutheran Theological Seminary

In this thoughtful, insightful, and engaging study, Scott Spencer investigates the women who inhabit Luke’s narrative. Recognizing mixed messages and avoiding anachronism, Spencer offers a nuanced presentation of capable women of purpose and persistence.

Warren Carter, professor of New Testament, Brite Divinity School

Spencer’s study of women in the Gospel of Luke is spirited enough to engage students and savvy enough to cause scholars to rethink, once again, the representation of gender in the Third Gospel.

—Jennifer Glancy, Joseph C. George Professor of Religious Studies, Le Moyne College

Insightfully challenges and complements feminist scholarship on a Gospel that is notoriously equivocal for women. . . . A welcome contribution to feminist discourse on the Gospel of Luke.

Mary Ann Beavis, professor of religion and culture, St. Thomas More College

Product Details

  • Title: Salty Wives, Spirited Mothers, and Savvy Widows: Capable Women of Purpose and Persistence in Luke’s Gospel
  • Author: F. Scott Spencer
  • Publisher: Eerdmans
  • Publication Date: 2012
  • Pages: 358
  • Resource Type: Monographs
  • Topic: Luke

About F. Scott Spencer

F. Scott Spencer is professor of New Testament and preaching at Baptist Theological Seminary in Richmond, Virginia. His other books include Dancing Girls, Loose Ladies, and Women of the Cloth and The Gospel of Luke and Acts of the Apostles.