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About the Author

Beverly Roberts Gaventa is Helen H. P. Manson Professor of New Testament Literature and Exegesis at Princeton Theological Seminary in Princeton, New Jersey. She has published a number of books including Mary: Glimpses of the Mother of Jesus, one of the few books written about Mary by a Protestant woman.
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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Westminster John Knox Press (July 3, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0664231497
  • ISBN-13: 978-0664231491
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.5 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #335,500 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Tracy B. Dickerson on August 9, 2013
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Gaventa is an exceptional scholar and her writing is indicative of this fact. Her exegetical wisdom and keep depth of insight are neatly matched to her historical and literary knowledge and adept grasp of the breadth of the material. She brings to the table a well thought through, heavily researched piece of scholarship that is impressive in its thoroughness. Most importantly, she sheds light on several well-traveled scripture passages, and in doing so has the reader looking all about to the left and to the right in amazement at her ability to point out new and exciting territory. Gaventa's innovative discussion of Paul's maternal language and imagery and its implications are helpful for several reasons. First, the pastoral tasks of nurture, sustenance, and attendance can be understood quite differently when viewed through a maternal lens; and this has deep implications for the task of the church in the present day. Secondly, the necessary relationship of travail to transformation is more fully appreciated when Paul's maternal metaphor of labor is brought to its fruition; and so, the apostolic task can better be understood from the perspective of laboring for and with God and those in our charge. Third, notions of egalitarian vs. hierarchical are re-envisaged when revisited from the perspective that Gaventa introduces and then teases out. Gaventa's thoughtful and compelling third way of looking at the Pauline corpus provides a way for women to view Paul through the soft lens of maternity, rather than through the harsh lens of misogyny.
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In his epistles, Paul at various points uses maternal imagery to talk about his apostolic labors, sometimes actually referring to himself as a mother. For example, Paul writes that he must behave "like a nurse caring for her own children." Later, he writes, he "is in labor again" and must continue to nurse his fellow Christians with milk. These images, though known among earlier generations of Christians, today remain largely both unacknowledged and unexplored in thinking about Paul and his work. In this book, the author retrieves these images, explores their significance for understanding apostolic ministry, and demonstrates how they point beyond their original contexts and offer unique perspectives for understanding Paul's thought-as well as the larger, cosmic understanding of the gospel. The author is Helen H. P. Manson Professor of New Testament Literature and Exegesis at Princeton Theological Seminary. Among her works are the award-winning Blessed One: Protestant Perspectives on Mary and First and Second Thessalonians in the Interpretation commentary series.
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