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Women and the Word: The Gender of God in the New Testament and the Spirituality of Women (Madeleva Lecture in Spirituality) [Paperback]

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Item description for Women and the Word: The Gender of God in the New Testament and the Spirituality of Women (Madeleva Lecture in Spirituality) by Ihm Sandra M. Schneiders...

Suggestions for resolving the problem of an exclusively male God-image that are both faithful to the tradition and liberating for women.

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The Gender of God in the New Testament and the Spirituality of Women, 1986 Madeleva Lecture, Sandra Schneiders. Suggestions for resolving the problem of an exclusively male God- image that are both faithful to the tradition and liberating for women.

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Studio: Paulist Press
Pages   88
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 6.8" Width: 4.54" Height: 0.31"
Weight:   0.2 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jan 1, 2004
Publisher   Paulist Press
Series  Madeleva Lecture In Spitituality  
ISBN  0809128020  
ISBN13  9780809128020  

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More About Ihm Sandra M. Schneiders

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Sandra M. Schneiders, IHM, is professor emerita in the Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara University at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California. Her many books include her trilogy Religious Life in a New Millennium, Written That You May Believe: Encountering Jesus in the Fourth Gospel; and, from Liturgical Press, The Revelatory Text: Interpreting the New Testament as Sacred Scripture.

Sandra M. Schneiders currently resides in the state of California.

Sandra M. Schneiders has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Anthony Jordan Lectures
  2. Madeleva Lecture in Spirituality
  3. Religious Life in a New Millennium

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1Books > Subjects > Religion & Spirituality > Christianity > Christian Living > Womens Issues
2Books > Subjects > Religion & Spirituality > Christianity > Reference > Criticism & Interpretation > Criticism & Interpretation
3Books > Subjects > Religion & Spirituality > Christianity > Theology > Feminist
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Arguments Presented Weak  Oct 17, 2007
"Women and the Word" is a very short work. I read it in one sitting, and while parts of it had value, they were few and far between. Whenever Schneiders presents anything controversial, such as that it is equally valid to refer to God as she instead of he, her arguments fail. She doesn't respond to the common reasons given against her position but takes the time to refute strawman arguments.

This book is something that can be skipped.
Women and the Word  Jan 18, 2007
IF it wasn't straight from the printing press, it looked like it was. I ordered many copies of this book. I'm referring to the first one I received, BEFORE Christmas. Thank You.
Short but wonderful  Nov 16, 2000
Can a male saviour save women? This question has been hounding me for a long time. I've read big fat books by Ruether, Elizabeth A. Johnson, Schussler-Fiorenza, but this little gem of a book gave me an answer. It's written in very understandable English, and addresses very tough questions without lapsing into anger (not that anger is wrong, but it gets in the way). Schneiders answers the question "can a male saviour save women?" the answer is YES. Not only that, she shows that in order to do it, G-d >had< to be incarnated in a male, so as to bust patriarchy from the inside. Made a lot of sense to me. I will read all other books by this author.
Should We Be Learning To Speak of God In the Feminine?  Apr 20, 2000
Biblical scholar and theologian Schneiders gave a lecture in 1986 that is reproduced in this short but closely reasoned book. She deals with the problems created for many contemporary Christians---women in particular---by the imputed "maleness" of God and Jesus in the Bible, as well as tradition. Too often in history, the assumption has been made that "If God is male, then males are divine."

Schneiders acknowledges that "male" imagery dominates the portrayal of God in the Old Testament, but notes that there are a surprising amount of "feminine" metaphors used for God as well, such as in the Song of Songs, the Psalms, and Hosea. These allusions are the more powerful as they run contrary to the general patriarchal tendency of Israelite culture. Nevertheless, she thinks that "Fatherhood," if not used exclusively, IS an appropriate metaphor for God.

She notes that if God is pure Spirit, then gender metaphors should not be "literalized or absolutized." A particular problem she is concerned with is the fact that Jesus was unquestionably a biological male.

Schneiders celebrates the "reform of male-female relationships" that was initiated by Jesus, and concludes that "Today we would call Jesus a feminist; that is, a person who believes in the full personhood and equality of women and who acts to bring that belief to realization in society and church." While she feels that the maleness of Jesus is "theologically, christologically, and sacramentally irrelevant," she concludes that "only as a man could he have subverted the accepted definition of masculinity . . . and destroyed patriarchy's claims to divine sanction."

She notes that women are able to relate to Jesus in ways that men cannot (e.g., as sister, mother-figure, and as man/woman), and concludes the book by suggesting that "We must learn to speak about God in the feminine."

This short book presents a much more "positive" case for the Christian feminist position than one often sees; Schneiders reasons calmly, and refrains from the strident polemicizing that one sometimes encounters in pro-feminist theology. This book should whet one's appetite to pursue Schneider's other, book-length treatments of related subjects.


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