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Taking up the Cross: New Testament Interpretations through Latina and Feminist Eyes
Reid, Barbara†E.

Minneapolis: Fortress, 2007 pp. viii + 263. $16.00


Description: Barbara E. Reid, O.P., here pays attention to the role of women in the accounts of Jesus' passion and observes that some of the interpretations of Jesus' death in the New Testament open us up to life and liberation, while others have been used to perpetuate cycles of violence and victimization. When women have identified their suffering with that of Jesus, this has sometimes given them strength, but has also led to a harmful acceptance of unjust suffering. Reid explores five theological "images" of the death of Jesus through conversation with the voices of women from Mexico, Bolivia, and Peru and examination of the roles of women in the New Testament accounts. The result is an illuminating combination of New Testament exegesis with a liberative constructive theology.

Subjects: Bible, New Testament, Literature, Methods, Literary Approaches, Hermeneutics

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Review by Mary J. Marshall
Published 9/13/2008
Citation: Mary J. Marshall, review of Barbara E. Reid, Taking up the Cross: New Testament Interpretations through Latina and Feminist Eyes, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2008).


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