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Our Mother Saint Paul
Gaventa, Beverly†Roberts

Louisville: Westminster John Knox, 2007 pp. xii + 205. $24.95


Description: In his epistles, Paul at various points uses maternal imagery to talk about his apostolic labors, sometimes actually referring to himself as a mother. For example, Paul writes that he must behave "like a nurse caring for her own children." Later, he writes, he "is in labor again" and must continue to nurse his fellow Christians with milk. These images, though known among earlier generations of Christians, today remain largely both unacknowledged and unexplored in thinking about Paul and his work. In Our Mother Saint Paul, Beverly Gaventa retrieves these images, explores their significance for understanding apostolic ministry, and demonstrates how they point beyond their original contexts and offer unique perspectives for understanding Paul's thought-as well as the larger, cosmic understanding of the gospel.

Subjects: Bible, New Testament, Pauline Epistles, Literature

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Review by Pamela Eisenbaum
Published 11/27/2009
Citation: Pamela Eisenbaum, review of Beverly†Roberts Gaventa, Our Mother Saint Paul, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2009).


Review by Angela Standhartinger
Published 5/17/2008
Citation: Angela Standhartinger, review of Beverly Roberts Gaventa, Our Mother Saint Paul, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2008).


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