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

Douglas, Sally (2016) Early Church Understandings of Jesus as the Female Divine: The Scandal of the Scandal of Particularity. Library of New Testament Studies, 557 . Bloomsbury - T&T Clark, London. 229pp. ISBN HB: 978-0-56766-714-4

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Abstract

Central to debates about Jesus is the issue of whether he uniquely embodies the divine. While this discussion continues unabated, both those who affirm, and those who dismiss, Jesus’ divinity regularly eclipse the reality that in many of the earliest strands of the Christian tradition when Jesus’ divinity is proclaimed, Jesus is imaged as the female divine.

Sally Douglas investigates these early texts and reveals the motivations for imaging Jesus as Woman Wisdom and the complex reasons that this began
to be suppressed in the second and third centuries. The work concludes with an examination of the powerful implications of re-engaging with the ancient proclamation of Jesus-Woman Wisdom in contemporary context.

Item Type: Books / Monographs
Repository Version: Published Version
Keywords: Wisdom, Woman Wisdom, Sophia, Jesus Christ-person and offices, Jesus Christ - doctrines, christology, soteriology, early church theology, Justin Martyr, 1 Clement, kinaesthetic transformation, David Ford, religious experience, contemporary church, gender, female Divine,
Fields of Research: 20 Language, Communication and Culture > 2002 Cultural Studies > 200205 Culture, Gender, Sexuality
22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2204 Religion and Religious Studies > 220401 Christian Studies (incl. Biblical Studies and Church History)
22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2204 Religion and Religious Studies > 220407 Studies in Religious Traditions (excl. Eastern, Jewish, Christian and Islamic Traditions)
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 95 Cultural Understanding > 9504 Religion and Ethics > 950404 Religion and Society
C Society > 95 Cultural Understanding > 9504 Religion and Ethics > 950406 Religious Traditions (excl. Structures and Rituals)
E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970120 Expanding Knowledge in Language, Communication and Culture
Type of Activity: Applied Research
Subjects: B - Biblical Studies, general
C - Church History
B - New Testament
B - Old Testament
C - Systematic Theology
College/Association with University of Divinity: Pilgrim Theological College
Depositing User: Reverend Doctor Sally Douglas
Date Deposited: 28 Jul 2016 04:13
Last Modified: 27 Mar 2018 00:45
URI: http://repository.divinity.edu.au/id/eprint/2116

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