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Women in the Greetings of Romans 16.1-16: A Study of Mutuality and Women's Ministry in the Letter to the Romans
Mathew, Susan

London: Bloomsbury, 2013 pp. xvi + 206. $110

Series Information
Library of New Testament Studies, 471


Description: Susan Mathew examines the structures of mutuality in Romans, to shed light on the issue of women's leadership in Pauline theology. Mathew begins by analyzing the general form of greetings in the Pauline letters, to shed light on the specific form of the greetings in Rom 16.1-16. Mathew then couples this with analysis of the leadership of women in the Greco-Roman world showing that women's leadership roles in the Pauline churches were part of this wider culture.

This provides a basis from which to show that the women named in Romans 16.1-16, display Paul's acknowledgment of some women associates, and point to relationships of mutuality in the greetings. A study of Romans 12-13 helps to apprehend the model of mutuality exemplified in the greetings. Finally, the contextual application of mutuality in the community as mutual welcoming and mutual up-building (Romans 14-15) is brought into focus. This enables Mathew to draw together the strands of the Pauline ethos of mutuality, which encourages the leadership roles of women in the greetings at the end of Romans.

Subjects: Bible, New Testament, Pauline Epistles, Romans, Literature, Methods, Theological Approaches, Biblical Theology, New Testament Theology

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Review by Kathy Ehrensperger
Published 7/25/2014
Citation: Kathy Ehrensperger, review of Susan Mathew, Women in the Greetings of Romans 16.1-16: A Study of Mutuality and Women's Ministry in the Letter to the Romans, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2014).


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