Women in Mission: From the New Testament to Today

Women in Mission: From the New Testament to Today

by Susan E. Smith


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In matters of mission history, most major works that treat the full sweep of the church's missional self-understanding are less than helpful in understanding women's part of that narrative. Smith tries to redress the balance with a comprehensive history of mission that highlights the critical contributions of women, as well as the theological developments that influenced their role. Women in Mission is a landmark in women's history and essential reading for anyone engaged in historical, theological, mission, and women's studies.

About the Author:
Susan E. Smith is lecturer emerita in theology at the University of Auckland

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781570757372
Publisher: Orbis Books
Publication date: 11/28/2007
Series: American Society of Missiology Series
Pages: 234
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

Preface to the American Society of Missiology Series     xi
Preface     xiii
The New Testament Story of Missionary Women
Women as Co-workers with Paul     3
1 Thessalonias     4
Galatians     5
1 and 2 Corinthians     7
Philippians     12
Philemon     14
Romans     17
Women as Homemakers in the Post-Pauline Letters     23
Colossians     24
Ephesians     28
1 and 2 Timothy and Titus     30
1 Peter     35
Jude and 2 Peter     37
James     38
Acts of Thecla     39
Women as Disciples and Prophets in the Canonical and Apocryphal Gospels and in the Acts of Apostles     45
How Are We to Read the Gospels?     46
Women in the Passion Narratives     48
The Resurrection Narratives in the Canonical Gospels     53
Prophetic Women in Luke's Infancy Narrative     60
Prophetic Women in the Acts of the Apostles     62
Women in Apocryphal and Gnostic Gospels     63
Women Struggling to Be Missionary
Missionary Women from the Second to the Fifteenth Century     71
Women in the Early Church     72
Women in the Constantinian Church     78
Missionary Abbesses of the "Dark Ages"     81
Women in the Late Middle Ages     87
Missionary Women in the Sixteenth, Seventeenth, and Eighteenth Centuries     96
Teresa of Avila, 1515-1582     99
Angela Merici, 1470-1540     103
Mary Ward, 1585-1645     108
Jeanne de Chantal, 1567-1641, and Louise de Marillac, 1591-1660     112
Missionaries to the New World: Marie Guyart, 1599-1672, and Marguerite Bourgeys, 1620-1700     116
Missionary Women in the Nineteenth Century and until Vatican II     121
Mission as Charity toward the Poor     126
Mission as Going on the "Foreign Missions"     135
Mission as Work with Indigenous Peoples and Minority Groups     145
Mission as Professional Health Care     147
Mission as Presence     149
Mission as Commitment to Social Justice     152
Mission to and for Women     154
Secular Institutes     157
Women Reclaiming Their Rightful Missionary Role
Missionary Women since Vatican II     163
The Context of Mission in the Postmodern Era     163
Catholic Women's Changing Missionary Identity and Practice     167
Religious Orders and Associates     183
Women Lay Missionaries     187
Women in Mission in the Third Millennium     194
A Feminist Missiology for Contemporary Missionary Women     198
Scripture and the Mission of the Spirit     200
Theologians, Church Teaching, and the Mission of the Spirit     202
Experience and Understanding the Mission of the Spirit     205
The Shape of a Feminist Missiology     207
Conclusion     211
Selected Bibliography     214
Index     228

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