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The Scandal of the Scandal of Particularity: An Exploration of Early Church Understandings of Jesus as the Female Divine

Douglas, Sally (2015) The Scandal of the Scandal of Particularity: An Exploration of Early Church Understandings of Jesus as the Female Divine. Doctor of Philosophy thesis, UNSPECIFIED.

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Jesus’ status inflames debate. Central to debate is whether Jesus uniquely embodies the divine: thus “scandal of particularity”. Both those who affirm and those who reject this “scandal” regularly eclipse a central proclamation of who Jesus is in many earliest christologies.

The scandal of the scandal of particularity is that in various Second Testament and early church texts Jesus is understood as the female divine. Insufficient attention has been devoted to why this is so.

Through interdisciplinary research across biblical studies and systematic theology this thesis demonstrates that in the early Jesus movement Wisdom christology and Wisdom soteriology were ignited by collective experiences of “kinesthetic transformation”.

The multivalent motivations for the eclipsing of Jesus-Woman Wisdom in the second and third centuries are excavated. The potential implications of this ancient understanding in contemporary context are assessed and it is demonstrated that this scandalous particularity continues to shimmer with vitality and provocation.

Item Type: Theses (Doctor of Philosophy)
Repository Version: Author's Final Manuscript
Keywords: christology, soteriology, early church, woman wisdom,Sophia, kinesthetic transformation, scandal of particularity, experience, self and salvation, 1 Clement, Didache, Gospel of Thomas
Fields of Research: 22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2204 Religion and Religious Studies > 220401 Christian Studies (incl. Biblical Studies and Church History)
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970122 Expanding Knowledge in Philosophy and Religious Studies
Type of Activity: Pure Basic Research
Subjects: B - Biblical Studies, general
C - Church History
B - New Testament
B - Old Testament
C - Systematic Theology
College/Association with University of Divinity: UFT-UCTC: United Faculty of Theology - Uniting Church Theological College
Depositing User: Dr Suman Kashyap
Date Deposited: 30 Apr 2015 05:37
Last Modified: 30 Apr 2015 05:37
URI: http://repository.divinity.edu.au/id/eprint/1740

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