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[T]his wonderfully accessible, engaging study will be appreciated especially by undergraduate students and church groups.
Catholic Biblical Quarterly
By privileging a Mediterranean social script and its cultural codes as the most appropriate way to clarify Phoebe’s role in the first century Jesus groups, Campbell reminds the reader of the cultural distance separating the first century and the twenty-first century believer.
J. Dorcas Gordon, Knox College, Toronto
Masterfully executing traditional and social scientific exegetical analysis of just two biblical verses (Rom 16:1-2), Campbell draws a fresh picture of Phoebe as she has never been understood before except perhaps by her contemporaries. Situating Phoebe solidly within her Middle Eastern cultural context clarifies and enhances this plausibly authentic image of a very important woman among the earliest Jesus-Groups. Campbell’s lucid presentation of complex interdisciplinary research and her engaging writing style recommend this book to a wide audience.
John J. Pilch, Georgetown University, Washington, DC
Using the lens of a woman who is mentioned only once in the New Testament, Joan Campbell’s Phoebe introduces the reader to key aspects of ancient Mediterranean history, geography, and culture, and provides a marvellously clear exposition of such diverse topics as ancient naming conventions, letter delivery, the culture of Corinth and its port, Kenchreai, the use of fictive family language in early Christianity, and the culture of patronage and clientism. A lucid introduction to the culture in which the Jesus movement was born and flourished.
John S. Kloppenborg, Professor and Chair, Department and Centre for the Study of Religion, University of Toronto
Joan Campbell takes her readers on a fascinating tour of Phoebe’s socio-historical world, squeezing rich insights out of a meager biblical account in Romans 16:1-2. In an elegantly written and engaging style, Campbell introduces Phoebe through the geographical setting of the port city of Kenchreai, through the ancient social system of patronage/clientage, through the political role of emissary, and through the familial role of sister. Phoebe, who has been relegated over the centuries to an obscure and insignificant role within the Pauline communities by means of inaccurate and androcentric translations of Rom 16:1-2, is reinstated in this work as Paul’s powerful and invaluable partner in the spread of the Gospel to the gentiles.
Lee A. Johnson, Methodist Theological School in Ohio