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Women in the Ministry of Jesus: A Study of Jesus' Attitudes to Women and their Roles as Reflected in His Earthly Life Paperback – Dec 27 1987

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  • Paperback: 236 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press; Reprint edition (Dec 27 1987)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521347815
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521347815
  • Product Dimensions: 13.8 x 1.4 x 21.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 340 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #905,237 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'This book will be a valuable exegetical reference work for New Testament and Women's Studies programs.' Journal of the American Academy of Religion

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An original contribution to the exegesis of Biblical passages relevant to the current debate on women>s roles in the Church and society.

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Great resource! Feb. 26 2011
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This is an excellent resource for Bible study preparation. With important historical and cultural information as well as insight into Jesus' attitudes about women, Witherington does an excellent job helping us see how Jesus valued women and elevated them -- especially in first century Palestine, when women had such an inferior status in the world. This is a necessity for your pastoral library.
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Excellent Look at Women in the Time of Jesus July 9 2015
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For Jewish women in the first century A.D. their world was their home. ”A woman’s sphere of influence or importance in the legal sense was confined to her connection to her family, her faithfulness to her husband, and her domestic responsibilities… One must bear in mind the extraordinary patria potestas a father had over his daughters and a husband over his wife… A woman was passed from a father to her husband’s sphere of authority usually without being consulted.” Judaism restricted women’s participation in religious functions. Women could not make up the quorum in the synagogue nor could they receive the covenant sign. Jesus came and granted women together with men equal rights to participate fully.

Ben Witherington III very carefully (Greek included) goes through the New Testament explaining, bringing to light and expounding on Jesus' attitude toward women.

Understand, that women and the fact that they are even mentioned in the New Testament as doing anything other than keeping house is monumental given the time and place, a patriarchal set up that kept women down. Jesus came and raised woman up.