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An accessible, introductory text first published by Fortress Press in 1983, Her Story: Women in Christian History has sold over 30,000 copies of the first edition and has ably helped readers recover the oft-ignored or submerged stories of women in the Christian tradition, from biblical times to now.

Barbara MacHaffie, who wrote the brief history and compiled a lively anthology of companion primary readings, has revised and updated the text and readings. In this new edition, history and primary readings are combined and augmented with helpful pedagogical tools.

This new textbook, which offers sympathetic coverage of all Christian traditions, is supported by a dedicated companion Web site that includes chapter summaries, questions for discussion and Web links that vividly bring the stories of women to life in portraits, artifacts, and other primary materials.

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This concise history explores the underlying forces shaping the status and role of women from biblical times through the present. While it examines misogynist influences in patriarchal cultures, Her Story also highlights material in the Bible that ``challenges and condemns patriarchy.'' What emerges from MacHaffie's distillation of the burgeoning body of scholarship on women and religion is a surprising and refreshing diversity in the ways women have contributed to the Christian community. A well-written, understandable text, Her Story identifies lost traditions that affirm women and analyzes women's current involvement in theological education, the ministry, and feminist theology and liturgics. Highly recommended for academic and general collections, as well as for church libraries. Cynthia Widmer, Williamstown, Mass.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780800638269
  • Publisher: Augsburg Fortress, Publishers
  • Publication date: 3/1/2006
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 404
  • Sales rank: 602,934
  • Product dimensions: 0.83 (w) x 7.00 (h) x 10.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments viii
Introduction 1
1. Biblical Images of Women 5
Critical Principles 5
Status of Women in Hebrew Society 6
The Old Testament Critique of Patriarchy 9
The New Testament Picture 14
The Writings of the Apostle Paul 18
2. Women and the Early Churches 23
Women in the New Testament Churches 23
Deutero-Pauline Reaction 26
The Ministries of Women in the Post-Biblical Churches 28
Women Outside the Orthodox Mainstream 32
Martyrdom and the Witness of Perpetua 34
Patristic Attitudes Toward Women 36
Writers, Poets, and Pilgrims 39
3. Virgin and Witch: Women in Medieval Christianity 43
The Life of Virginity and Chastity 44
Medieval Mariology 51
Woman as Witch 54
Medieval Women in Prayer and Protest 57
4. Women in an Era of Reformation 61
Luther, Calvin, and the Status of Women 61
Catholic Women in an Era of Reform 66
Protestant Women Active in Reform 68
Protestant Women Outside the Mainstream 70
5. Women and Christianity in the American Colonies 75
Modified Patriarchy 75
Anne Hutchinson, the "American Jezebel" 80
The Revival Tradition 83
Quaker Women 88
6. Women Organizing for Mission and Reform 93
The Cult of True Womanhood 93
Organizing for Charity and Reform 96
Organized Feminism, Women's Rights, and the Christian Community 100
Women in Mission 102
7. Nineteenth-Century Preachers and Scholars 107
Women in the Evangelical Tradition 107
The Debate Over Women Preaching 110
The Woman's Bible 113
8. American Women in Catholicism and Sectarianism 117
Images of Women in American Catholicism 117
American Women in Religious Orders 120
Women and Sectarian Christianity 123
9. The Move Toward Full Participation 129
The Expansion of Denominational Roles 129
Signs of Retrenchment 131
Post-War Changes 133
A New Agenda for Women 134
10. Agents of Transformation 139
Women in the Ordained Ministry 139
The Ministry of Deaconess and Nun 143
Theological Education 144
Reforming the Liturgy 146
The Need for Feminist Theologies 148
Conclusion 153
Notes 157
Suggestions for Further Reading 165
Subject Index 179
Scripture Index 183
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