Wycliffe Faculty Recent Publication: Women in the Story of Jesus

women-and-jesusMarion Ann Taylor of Wycliffe College with co-editor Heather E. Weir have recently published, Women in the Story of Jesus: The Gospels through the Eyes of Nineteenth-Century Female Biblical Interpreters.[ http://go.utlib.ca/cat/10640539] Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2016.

This volume gathers the writings of thirty-one nineteenth-century women on the stories of women in the Gospels—Mary and Martha, Anna, the Samaritan woman at the well, Herodias and Salome, Mary Magdalene, and more. Retrieving and analyzing rarely read works by Christina Rossetti, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Elizabeth Wordsworth, and many others, Women in the Story of Jesus illuminates the biblical text, recovers a neglected chapter of reception history, and helps us understand and apply Scripture in our present context.

Joy A. Schroeder (author of Deborah’s Daughters: Gender Politics and Biblical Interpretation) says of the collection: “In this superb anthology we hear from a veritable cloud of witnesses: women preachers, educators, biblical commentators, suffragists, social activists, novelists, and poets. These female biblical interpreters—most of them previously overlooked by scholars—can now be restored to their rightful place in the history of New Testament interpretation.”

While Kristin Kobes Du Mez (author of A New Gospel for Women) says: “A treasury of writings by women, on women, and frequently for women, this carefully researched collection provides a valuable addition to the growing field of scholarship examining how women have read and interpreted the Bible. Going beyond mere recovery, this volume engages in the long overdue project of analysis and integration. Biblical scholars, historians, scholars of reception history, clergy, and general readers alike will find this book engaging and illuminating.”

Marion Ann Taylor is professor of Old Testament at Wycliffe College, and co-editor of Women of War, Women of Woe: Joshua and Judges through the Eyes of Nineteenth-Century Female Biblical Interpreters. [http://go.utlib.ca/cat/10452917 ]Heather E. Weir is a pastoral theologian who lives and works in Toronto.

By Thomas Power, Theology Librarian

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