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In Memory of Her: A Feminist Theological Reconstruction of Christian Origins Paperback – March 1, 1994
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Unfortunately, the picture is hard to see if you are unaccustomed to the language of biblical scholarship and feminist historical reconstruction. For most people interested in feminist theology, this is not the book to start with. I wish someone would rewrite it for a broader audience. In substance it is exactly the kind of background that every woman should have, in order to understand how she has been viewed, defined, and influenced by christianity and christian-dominated culture.
It should be required reading (along with a diet of bread and water and daily flagellation) for every Catholic bishop who is not demanding the ordination of women in his church.
She states in her Introduction the the 10th Anniversary Edition, "As I finished the book in 1982, I became acutely aware that I was attempting to speak to two very different audiences: women in the academy and churches, and the academic community of religious studies and theology. Still, my effort to complete the manuscript was stymied because I subconsciously feared that neither audience would appreciate the book's feminist rhetoric. Since I had decided early on not to write another popularizing book on 'women in the Bible,' I deliberately chose critical biblical scholarship and its discourses as my mode of operation. Nevertheless, I did not wish to write an academic book on 'women in early Christianity.' Instead, I set out to explore the problem of women's historical agency in ancient Christianity in light of the theological and historical questions raised by the feminist movements in society and church." She later adds, "In Memory of Her is firmly planted within liberation theories and theologies in general, and feminist epistemologies and interpretive practices in particular.Read more ›
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This book is really a classic; it brings a biblical perspective into feminist thought. Although I think that Fiorenza by times stretches her argument, it is worth reading.Published 22 months ago by Mben
Used this valuable book as a source for a paper on Mary of Nazareth and Mary Magdalene.
Found information on women's role in early Christianity very helpful.
I have read a number of works by the author. There is no doubt that she is an experienced scholar, albeit with an ax to grind. Read morePublished on September 21, 2011 by ghmus7