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In Memory of Her: A Feminist Theological Reconstruction of Christian Origins

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Thisbrilliant scholarly treatise succeeds in bringing to our consciousness women who played an important role in the origins of Christianity. ...more
Paperback, 416 pages
Published March 1st 1994 by The Crossroad Publishing Company (first published January 1st 1983)
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Angela Joyce
May 31, 2010 Angela Joyce rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Rashaan, Dónal, Rueyn, Lisa
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The gist of this challenging book is that Christianity can never realize its full potential until the old men "in charge" stop suppressing, repressing, and flat-out hating women-- both historical and current. It was originally written in the early 1980s and might be most relevant NOW. My only problem with it is that no blame is assigned to women themselves. I would have liked at least one chapter that exhorts women to look to their own behavior and take responsibility for what they have ALLOWED ...more
I read the 10th Anniversary edition...1993.

This book is timeless; it addresses questions women have had for centuries. That women supported Jesus financially in his public ministry is well documented and this book asserts that it marked Him as a prophet.

This book states that women were engaged in ministry and leadership roles in the Church before, during and after Paul. The author asserts, as I have read elsewhere, that home churches were most often led by women.

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So, I had high hopes for this book when I picked it up. It is a classic of feminist biblical interpretation from a world-class scholar. That said, there were just too many methodological problems, cases of special pleading, speculations passed off as fact (upon which subsequent speculations passed off as fact were then built), and arguments from silence. She admits as much in the introduction and the first section of the book, which is devoted to methodology. Her reason for permitting this is, m ...more
Her deconstructive approach is rigorous and compelling but i think she falters some in her reconstruction. Regardless, it's thought-provoking.
classic in its field; should be required reading for all ministers
Den Slader
I like how Schussler Fiorenza uses a confessional approach. I expected her to be more critical of Saint Paul, but surprisingly she was not. In my earlier Christian growth, I disliked Paul; hence, I disliked that this book was supportive of him. But I've come to terms with Paul, and that makes this book all the more refreshing.
Gabriel Pelletier
Magnificent scholarly reformulation of a highly paternalistic book (the bible). She searches for the role women played in the early "cult of Jesus," such as leaders of the first home-based churches.
David Bates
for an evangelical this book will seem quite shocking, but the challenge to preconceptions is eminently healthy.
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Born Elisabeth Schüssler in Tășnad, in the Transylvanian region of the Kingdom of Romania, Professor Schüssler Fiorenza is a German feminist, theologian and Professor of Divinity at Harvard Divinity School. Schüssler Fiorenza identifies as Catholic and her work is generally in the context of Christianity, although much of her work has broader applicability.
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