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Gathering Interest

Overview

The Baylor Women in Theology collection hilights the important role women have played in the traditionally male-dominated discipline of theology—and demonstrates their significance for its future. This collection introduces women who challenged prevailing notions through their passionate ministries, academic explorations, and other works of theology.

Kendal P. Mobley’s biography of Helen Barrett Montgomery describes the intrepid life of a social reformer and Baptist intellectual who left an indelible mark on the ecumenical missionary movement. In Saving Women: Retrieving Evangelistic Theology and Practice, Laceye C. Warner presents the lives of other women who spread the gospel as preachers, missionaries, educators, activists, and reformers.

For much of history, theological academia was shut off to women. Nevertheless, many found their voice in the female characters of the Old Testament—Eve, Sarah, Hagar, Rebekah, Leah, Rachel—and practiced theology subversively through poetry, hymns, and commentaries. In Let Her Speak for Herself: Nineteenth-Century Women Writing on Women in Genesis, Marion Ann Taylor and Heather E. Weir collect primary sources demonstrating the ways these writers challenged the traditional understanding of women’s lives through the stories of these biblical figures.

You’ll also find essays exploring the contributions of female theologians throughout the history of the church—from early and medieval mystical writings and hagiographies to modern monographs by the women of theological academia.

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Study more works from the intersection of theology and women’s studies with the Augsburg Fortress Women’s Studies Collection.

Key Features

  • Explores women’s contributions to the discipline of theology
  • Includes biblical commentary by nineteenth-century women
  • Overviews the lives of female theologians and activists throughout history

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Individual Titles

Helen Barrett Montgomery: The Global Mission of Domestic Feminism

  • Author: Kendal P. Mobley
  • Publisher: Baylor University Press
  • Publication Date: 2009
  • Pages: 420

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Helen Barrett Montgomery was a social reformer, a Baptist luminary, and a prominent intellectual in the American women’s ecumenical missionary movement. In this definitive biography, Kendal Mobley analyzes the intellectual development of this fascinating woman in light of her rapidly changing times. Mobley explores Montgomery’s early family influences, her education and spiritual development, and her relationship with other notable individuals of the era—including Susan B. Anthony. As Mobley points out, Montgomery believed that Christianity gave women equal spiritual and social status with men. Consequently, she saw “woman’s work for woman” as the cutting edge of a global movement for women’s emancipation.

With fresh eyes, Kendal Mobley has judiciously researched and unearthed new facets of this remarkable woman.

—Molly T. Marshall, president and professor of theology and spiritual formation, Central Baptist Theological Seminary

Mobley’s reinterpretation of Montgomery’s intellectual and social sphere [makes] Helen Barrett Montgomery a read for historians interested in ‘New Women’ who do not easily fit into preconceived categories.

The Journal of Church History

Kendal P. Mobley is the senior pastor at Enon Baptist Church in Salisbury, North Carolina and an adjunct instructor in church history at Pfeiffer University.

Let Her Speak for Herself: Nineteenth-Century Women Writing on Women in Genesis

  • Editors: Marion Ann Taylor and Heather E. Weir
  • Publisher: Baylor University Press
  • Publication Date: 2006
  • Pages: 513

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The women of Genesis—Eve, Sarah, Hagar, Rebekah, Leah, and Rachel—intrigued and informed nineteenth-century women. Reading the biblical stories for themselves, those nineteenth-century women looked for ways to expand, reinforce, and challenge the traditional understanding of women’s lives. They communicated their readings of Genesis using genres ranging from poetry to commentary. This book, part of the long process of recovering the voice of female interpreters, includes the writings of those nineteenth-century women.

It shows that women who were restricted from official roles within Christianity and Jewish institutions were able to preach with their pens. This is a literary legacy that has been marginalized, ignored, and nearly lost.

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This remarkable volume not only fills a painful lacuna in the history of biblical interpretation, but it opens up a new field within the discipline by recovering hundreds of forgotten female voices.

Brevard S. Childs, Sterling Professor of Divinity Emeritus, Yale University

Taylor and Weir’s introductions to the authors and summarizing analyses enhance the significance of this book for the history of biblical interpretation, women’s studies, and nineteenth-century cultural history.

Katharine Doob Sakenfeld, Eisenberger Professor of Old Testament, Princeton Theological Seminary

Marion Ann Taylor is an associate professor of Old Testament at the University of Toronto. She is the author of Handbook of Women Biblical Interpreters and The Old Testament in the Old Princeton School (1812–1929).

Heather E. Weir is an instructor at the Toronto School of Theology at Wycliffe College. She is the editor of Breaking Boundaries: Female Biblical Interpreters Who Challenged the Status Quo and the coauthor of Strangely Familiar: Protofeminist Interpretations of Patriarchal Biblical Texts.

Saving Women: Retrieving Evangelistic Theology and Practice

  • Author: Laceye C. Warner
  • Publisher: Baylor University Press
  • Publication Date: 2007
  • Pages: 320

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Saving Women is a much-needed study of women’s contributions to the theology of evangelism. Through a careful consideration of the primary sources of six Protestant women ministering in America from 1800 to 1950, this historical and theological study demonstrates that these women combined verbal proclamation with other historic Christian practices in their roles as preacher, visitor, missionary, educator, activist, and reformer.

This terrific book is a rich addition to the literature on evangelism. . . . [It] deserves to be widely read, marked, and inwardly digested by all who care for the future of evangelism.

—William J. Abraham, Albert Cook Outler Professor of Wesley Studies, Perkins School of Theology

This book not only recovers women’s religious history, but also offers a new resource for the study of the history, theology and practice of evangelism. Saving Women will be very useful both in the classroom and the church.

Marion Ann Taylor, professor of Old Testament, Wycliffe College

Laceye Warner is associate dean for academic formation, associate professor of the practice of evangelism and Methodist studies, and the Royce and Jane Reynolds Teaching Fellow at Duke Divinity School. She is the author of The Method of Our Mission: United Methodist Polity & Organization and Grace to Lead: Practicing Leadership in the Wesleyan Tradition.

Women, Writing, Theology: Transforming a Tradition of Exclusion

  • Editors: Emily A. Holmes and Wendy Farley
  • Publisher: Baylor University Press
  • Publication Date: 2011
  • Pages: 330

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Women’s theology has traditionally been pushed to the margins as “spirituality” or “mysticism” rather than theology proper. Theology from women has been transmitted orally, recorded by men as sayings or in hagiographies, or passed on as “stealth theology” in poems, hymns, or practices. In the past 40 years, women have claimed theology for themselves. Yet in most academic and ecclesial theology, the contributions of women skirt the borders of the written tradition. This unique volume asks about the conditions of women writing theology. How have women historically justified their writing practices? What internal and external constraints shape their capacity to write? What counts as theology, and who qualifies as a theologian? And what does it mean for women to enter a tradition that has been based, in part, on their exclusion? These essays explore such questions through historical investigations, theoretical analyses, and contemporary constructions.

In many breakthrough examples we witness how women have written themselves into transformed life, health and wisdom. This is a book to be read slowly, contemplatively.

Rosemary Radford Ruether, professor of feminist theology, Claremont Graduate University

A very important and original piece of work.

—Mary McClintock Fulkerson, professor of theology, Duke Divinity School

Emily A. Holmes is assistant professor in the department of religion and philosophy at Christian Brothers University. She previously served as cochair of the women and religion section of the Southeastern Commission for the Study of Religion. She is the author of Flesh Made Word: Medieval Women Mystics, Writing, and the Incarnation.

Wendy Farley is professor of religion and ethics at Emory University. She is the author of The Wounding and Healing of Desire: Weaving Heaven and Earth, Eros for the Other: Retaining Truth in a Pluralistic World, and Tragic Vision and Divine Compassion: A Contemporary Theodicy.