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Overview In Does Christianity Squash Women? Rebecca Jones takes a provocative look at how the Bible should inform the identity of a Christian woman and their choices about feminity. She examines the context in which women find themselves as the twenty-first century begins, and asks what Christianity offers to the women's debate. How does the context of a Creator who establishes a "contract" with His creatures change the way we think about women? In order to understand, Jones looks at the development of women's issues through the Bible and then thinks about the implications for present Christian living.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.04" Width: 6.1" Height: 0.64" Weight: 0.74 lbs.
Release Date Aug 1, 2005
Publisher Broadman And Holman
ISBN 0805430911 ISBN13 9780805430912
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More About Rebecca Jones
Rebecca Jones is an historian and researcher of environmental history and the connections between human health and the environment. She has published on topics ranging from soil and organic farming to oral history and mental health and well-being and completed a PhD about Australian organic growing. She lectures in Health Ecology at Monash University.
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Wonderful! A Book Worth Reading! Nov 9, 2006
I enjoyed the length to which the author pursued the Scriptures, both OT and NT, to articulate the theology of womanhood and our place in the world, the church and the family. I thought she gave a sound argument for her position. It is definitly worth reading and a great book to discuss with your friends.
Awful Nov 4, 2006
This book contains some of the worst exegesis I have ever read (and I've read some bad stuff from time to time). This author has such a poor approach to the text and draws such ridiculous conclusions that I am astounded. It is books like this that kept me away from Christianity for many years, and even now that I have gone back to the church and consider myself a Christian, books like this make me want to run screaming away again. Argh!
A few examples: she thinks the washing of Jesus' feet by a prostitute's hair was an erotic act (it was actually the act of a slave and similar to what Jesus later did for his disciples). She also links this prostitute with Mary Magdalene, a common but unbiblical error (Mary Magdalene was possessed by seven demons; she was not a prostitute).
Also, I know that Christians often disparage the Tanakh (Hebrews scriptures, dismissively called the Old Testament) but her treatment of these scriptures is unusually (shockingly, appallingly) anti-Semitic. She also twists herself in knots trying to show that she doesn't agree with the Catholic honoring of Mary (ironically using the same verses that Catholics use to show that Mary is the mother of the Church to mean somehow that Jesus disowned Mary as his physical mother!).
This kind of bizarre, twisted exegesis is the very reason millions of people are leaving Christianity. Honestly, this author went into the Bible with an idea of what she wanted to prove and then twisted the text to fit her points. This would not convince anyone with even a basic education, and as people become more educated, they leave the church over just this type of mishandling of the text.
Unless you enjoy reading things with such tangled reasoning that you need Tylenol afterwards and a cool cloth over your forehead, I'd suggest avoiding this one.
Bad! Sep 21, 2006
This book is so bad it's hard to know where to begin. She compares women to hobbits - seemingly unnoticed and unimportant - but vital to God's mission. What is that? "God's call to battle for women is the call to serve the kingdom by serving their husbands, their families, and their homes." (p. 82) Her message seems to be women serve by having babies & nurturing - but stay out of important public decision making because that's the man's job.
Her "spin" on biblical women is farcical. It seems every Old Testament women felt her every pregnancy was a "lottery ticket" - would she produce the promised seed? the Messiah? Somehow, the Jews never could quite grasp that their Bible was really all about Jesus starting with the opening chapter of Genesis.
One glaring example of her biblical exegesis is the story of Abigail and David. David wants to extort her husband & when he refuses, David is on the verge of killing him. Supposedly Abigail's ONLY concern is that David not defile himself by such an act (she apparently is less concerned about her husband's welfare than David's). She appeases David so he will not do this impure thing. Does this make sense? Didn't Jesus say, in effect, that to think a bad thing is the same as doing it? So David's intent to kill this man should already count against him. And why worry about David's purity - this is a man who kills 100 other men for their foreskins as a present to his future father-in-law. This is a man who kills a husband after fathering a child with his wife. Wasn't Abigail's worry about David defiling himself rather silly. Oh, yes - and she later becomes one of his wives!
Her prose is astounding: "God is pursuing a bride, seeking and saving us in order to make us His treasured wife. He has a home ready for us. The mortgage is paid for eternity. He will carry us over the threshold and delight in us forever." If you find that uplifting, then by all means buy the book. There is much more of the same sprinkled liberally in every chapter.
I will end by quoting Naomi Goldberg. This is a quote that Jones uses on page 17 and she approves of it. If you do also, then this is your good read.
"Yet very few of the women and men now working for sexual equality within Christianity and Judaism realize the extent of their heresy."
Very upsetting book! Don't recommend! Aug 31, 2006
This book was recommended to me by someone in my Church, and now I don't even know how I can approach that woman again. We do not need a book like this. THIS BOOK IS BAD FOR WOMEN. I believe God created women to be partners to men, not subject to them, and not their instruments for making babies. Part of the problem of this book, of course, is that Ms. Jones does not acknowledge that the Bible is BOTH liberating AND oppressive for women. This is the messy truth of being a Christian woman! You have to be critical when reading the Bible, and especially critical when reading books like this which claim to interpret the Bible for women today. I would NOT recommend this book.
Profound eloquence Jun 11, 2006
This is an outstanding intellectual achievement by Mrs. Rebecca Jones. God has certainly gifted her with eloquence, insight, and the clever turn of a phrase. More importantly, she has a profound understanding of the Bible and women's place in God's grand scheme. She has clarified and stimulated my thinking. I have tremendous respect that she has attained to this literary level while joyfully filling her role as the wife of an internationally renowned scholar and mother of seven!
Questions about women's roles continue, though changes have certainly taken place in our society since I attended college in the seventies. I have personally experienced the confusion she explores in her first chapter. We are still reaping the consequences of the "sexual revolution," that we were told would give women freedom and autonomy, hence, fulfillment. Has it? Our daughters will continue to struggle with questions of priorities. Do they pursue careers, marriage, both? What does God want them to do? This book is one of the most beautiful, yet logical books dealing with these questions I have read.
Rebecca gives sophisticated, Biblically grounded, yet easily understood answers to the feminist charge that Christianity squashes women. She argues persuasively and colorfully that far from squashing them, Christianity provides understanding of God's created structures, empowering women to be what God has created them to be.
I loved her insights on the genealogies of Jesus, and the stories of Sarah, Tamar, Rahab, and Ruth. She gave me new understanding on the roles of Eve and Mary. I loved her insights on the word "submission," and what Paul means by that. It does not mean simply being passive, or refraining from belittling one's husband. It means actively seeking out the inner workings of his heart and assisting him in his God-given calling. I liked one of her quotes by the husband of a feminist: "It takes two people to make one success." I agreed with her assessment of what women really want, and how faith in Christ gives it to women, but sometimes in surprising ways.
Most importantly, she illuminates how Christ related to women, and helps us see His great love. By his actions we can see what love means. I recommend this book for women and men. I can see by other reviewers that several pastors think highly of this work. I can see why.
My only suggestion is that perhaps this book should have a different title, though. Perhaps it should be something more positive like--"Answering Feminism: God's Plan and Women's Part in It."