In Jesus: Miriam's Child, Sophia's Prophet Elisabeth Schussler Fiorenza makes a unique contribution to two quite different discussions of Jesus the Christ. On the one hand, she looks at biblical christology from a critical feminist perspective in the tradition of liberation theology. On the other, she examines the feasibility of a feminine christology by considering such problems as Christian anti-Judaism, ideological justification of domination, religious exclusivism and the formation of patriarchal identity. Re-imagining the Jesus movement in a feminist key transcends the boundaries set by history, gender and doctrine. By assessing various Jesus traditions and interpretations in terms of whether they can engender liberating visions for today, Schussler Fiorenza seeks to challenge and transform a Christianity dominated by masculinity and exclusivist theological frameworks so that it offers a vision of justice and well-being for all, the central image in which is the reign, the coming world, of God. This Cornerstones edition features a new extended introduction which takes into account the developments in the field since the work was originally published in 1994.
Elisabeth Schussler Fiorenza (Dr. Theol., University of Munster, Germany) is Krister Stendahl Professor of Scripture and Interpretation, Harvard Divinity School, USA. Fiorenza was the first woman to be elected President of the Society of Biblical Literature.
Preface Acknowledgements Reflective Introduction Part I: The Invitation of Wisdom 1. The Oratory of Euphemia and the Ekklesia of Wo/men 2. And Mary went into the Hill Country: Issues in Feminist Christology Part II: The Children of Wisdom 3. The Power of Naming: Jesus, Women, and Christian Anti-Judaism 4. The Execution of Jesus and the Theology of the Cross Part III: The Power of Wisdom 5. Prophets of Sophia: Searching for Divine Wisdom 6. In her Image and Likeness: Women of Wisdom Notes Select Bibliography Indexes