Early Church Understandings of Jesus as the Female Divine: The Scandal of the Scandal of Particularity
New York: Bloomsbury, 2016 pp. viii + 229. $112
Library of New Testament Studies, 557
Description: Central to debates about Jesus is the issue of whether he uniquely embodies the divine. While this discussion continues unabated, both those who affirm and those who dismiss, Jesus' divinity regularly eclipse the reality that in many of the earliest strands of the Christian tradition when Jesus' divinity is proclaimed, Jesus is imaged as the female divine.
Sally Douglas investigates these early texts, excavates the motivations for imaging Jesus as Woman Wisdom and the complex reasons that this began to be suppressed in the 2nd and 3rd centuries. The work concludes with an exploration of the powerful implications of engaging with the ancient proclamation of Jesus-Woman Wisdom in contemporary context.
Subjects: Bible, New Testament, Early Christian Literature, Literature
Review by Jill E. Marshall
Citation: Jill E. Marshall, review of Sally Douglas, Early Church Understandings of Jesus as the Female Divine: The Scandal of the Scandal of Particularity, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2017).
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