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Jesus Was a Feminist: What the Gospels Reveal about His Revolutionary Perspective

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Based on four decades of research, Jesus Was a Feminist presents the case that Jesus treated women equally with men, breaking custom to involve them in his work. Renowned scholar & liberal Catholic Leonard Swidler examines all gospel texts involving women, asserts that women were involved in the writing of two gospels, & outlines the importance of women in Jesus' m ...more
Paperback, 287 pages
Published November 1st 2007 by Sheed & Ward (Lanham, MD) (first published October 1st 2007)
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Aldric
Oct 30, 2015 rated it did not like it
I will preface this by saying that I have quite progressive views of Catholicism and religion in general: Yay Pope Francis, social justice, liberation theology, and all that good stuff. Of course this book's title drew me in. That said, it does not deliver. Swidler seems like he did his research and cites many Bible passages and stories to substantiate the book's namesake argument, yes. But, even to this progressive Catholic's eyes, it was unconvincing. The evidence was convincing, but something ...more
Kelsey
May 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I knew I needed to read this book after reading the Jesus was a Feminist article on godswordtowomen.org. This book is an in depth analysis of the gospels including all the nuances and instances of Jesus' interactions with women. The author spends a large amount of time comparing and contrasting the gospels which can get repetitive, but I understand why it is necessary.

This book is chalk full of insights and research regarding Jesus, the gospels, the apocrypha and other exerts including Paul stan
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Cheyanne Lovellette
Jun 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This book lived up to the hype and title. As a Christian and a feminist, I was looking for something that would talk in depth about the issues and ideas I was worried about while staying true to the Bible. Swidler is incredibly thorough. There are more footnotes and references than you could ever hope to read but they are all crucial in showing that God's vision of Christianity/the Church is one of equal participation. I grew up hearing women were the helpers and had to agree with whatever the h ...more
Tony Desantis
May 03, 2015 rated it liked it
IT is a scholarly somewhat redundant work. It does make a compelling case about Jesus's views of women. Most of this is not new to anyone who has read anything about Jesus from a liberal perspective. But one new intriguing insight is the possibility that the writer of Luke's Gospel was a woman - either May Magdalene or Mary of Bethany. It's more speculative than convincing, butt...there is still so much we don't know about the life of Jesus.
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