Salty Wives, Spirited Mothers, and Savvy Widows: Capable Women of Purpose and Persistence in Luke's Gospel

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Engaging feminist hermeneutics and philosophy in addition to more traditional methods of biblical study, Salty Wives, Spirited Mothers, and Savvy Widows demonstrates and celebrates the remarkable capability and ingenuity of several women in the Gospel of Luke. While recent studies have exposed women's limited opportunities for ministry in Luke, Scott Spencer pulls the pendulum back from a negative feminist-critical pole toward a more constructive center.

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Engaging feminist hermeneutics and philosophy in addition to more traditional methods of biblical study, Salty Wives, Spirited Mothers, and Savvy Widows demonstrates and celebrates the remarkable capability and ingenuity of several women in the Gospel of Luke. While recent studies have exposed women's limited opportunities for ministry in Luke, Scott Spencer pulls the pendulum back from a negative feminist-critical pole toward a more constructive center.

Granting that Luke sends somewhat "mixed messages" about women's work and status as Jesus' disciples, Spencer analyzes such women as Mary, Elizabeth, Joanna, Martha and Mary, and the infamous yet intriguing wife of Lot -- whom Jesus exhorts his followers to "remember" -- as well as the unrelentingly persistent women characters in Jesus' parables.

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Spencer (New Testament, Baptist Theological Seminary; The Gospel of Luke and Acts of the Apostles) opens this book with the claim that he is providing a positive engagement with women of purpose in the Gospel of Luke in order to counteract the tradition of kyriarchal domination that has plagued this subject. And it is that second part that provides the methodological backdrop to this book: Spencer engages with these Lukan women by presenting the scholarship of others. Some chapters are better at this than others; for example, his intertextual reading of household-rival scenes like that between Mary and Martha, as well as his chapter on Joanna, and another titled "A Woman's Right To Choose" in which he presents Mary's robust agency as an example of "an embodied agent of and partner with God." Others, like his chapter on salty widows and spicy queens, get bogged down in a quotidian literature survey that delays the argument at hand for many pages. However, this valuable work deepens the existing discussions of women in Luke. VERDICT Recommended to all savvy New Testament readers.—Sandra Collins, Byzantine Catholic Seminary Lib., Pittsburgh
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  • ISBN-13: 9780802867629
  • Publisher: Eerdmans, William B. Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 12/19/2012
  • Pages: 358
  • Sales rank: 998,898
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

F. Scott Spencer is professor of New Testament and preaching at Baptist Theological Seminary, Richmond, Virginia. His other books include Dancing Girls, Loose Ladies, and Women of the Cloth and The Gospel of Luke and Acts of the Apostles.
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