What Jesus Learned from Women: Reviews, Guest Posts, Methodology, and More

What Jesus Learned from Women: Reviews, Guest Posts, Methodology, and More August 2, 2021

A new episode of Glenn Siepert’s What If podcast has been released in which Glenn and I talk about my book What Jesus Learned from Women. Have a listen—if you don’t already this is probably a podcast you’ll want to subscribe to and listen to regularly.

I recently made a guest appearance on Pete Enns’ Bible for Normal People blog. There I explore some points of intersection between my book What Jesus Learned from Women and Enns’ work on the Bible’s humanness.

Christian Feminism Today has a review of What Jesus Learned from Women by Mark Mattison. He’s absolutely fair to insist that, for academics, I need to spell out the methodology underpinning my approach to the historical Jesus in the book and more generally. I already have in mind a follow-up book project that may provide the opportunity to do more of that. On the other hand, I think that it might be sufficient to emphasize the key points: One is that the overall gist of early material is more important evidence than individual snippets of information, providing a crucial guide to how we interpret the individual details. Another is that, while in principle early material is more likely to be authentic, we have documented instances of information being transmitted faithfully for centuries, as well as of invention and reinterpretation at an extremely early stage. With this in mind, I proceed largely through the use of established principles of reasoning, the main differences from some others in the past being that (1) I try to avoid interpreting specific sayings and stories against the grain of the overall impression that supporters and detractors provide us with regarding a figure like Jesus, and (2) I am willing to consider details that I only have in a source centuries later and weigh what it says on its own terms, because the fact that it is the first recorded mention of something that we have does not mean it is the point of origin of the idea. That said, it is important to distinguish between something that just happens to be mentioned in passing in a relatively late source, referred to as though it were widely known, and something that is introduced and advocated for, which suggests that it is indeed something new. There’s a lot more I could say about this, but hopefully these few points are useful.

In case you missed it, here is my appearance on Tripp Fuller’s Homebrewed Christianity podcast. Brian LePort mentioned this in a post,  Tripp Fuller talks to Helen Bond and James McGrath. Alas, we each spoke to him separately rather than together, which would perhaps have been even better, but certainly would have been interesting and enjoyable!

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Mike Bird speaks up for Beth Allison Barr again

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Interview with Emily Allsopp about her research on the Hebrew Bible from a feminist perspective

Difficult Words of Jesus in their World – Amy-Jill Levine

Isaac Soon’s new article in Biblical is open access: “Her Body Healed: ΙΑΤΑΙ in Mark 5:29.” So too is an entire issue of Church History focused on gender and monasticism. Also open access is “Who tempted the woman? Variations of the Edenic episode in Jewish Apocalyptic literature” by E. Macarena García in Christiana Orientalia.

Podcast on Evangelical masculinity

Chapters on religion and sexuality from Oxford University Press

Who was Jesus’ biological father?

Pamphile of Epidauros, A Female Ancient Greek Historian

From Mike Bird: Women as Icons of Christ, Part 1Women as Icons of Christ, Part 2; Women as Icons of Christ, Part 3

Bible Odyssey on the gender of God

Standoff Over Women’s Ordination

John Squires celebrates the role women play in the Uniting Church in Australia

Why Did the Patriarchal Greeks and Romans Worship Such Powerful Goddesses?

Sara Butler recommends books on women in the Middle Ages

Richard Beck writes on the topic of John’s Christology, “we’re not doing the gospel of John justice if we think that his ‘high Christology,’ John’s more cosmic and mystical Jesus, doesn’t traffic in dualisms. John’s Jesus most certainly does. A high Christology doesn’t necessarily imply nondualism. In fact, John’s high Christology seems to highlight, deepen, and up the stakes of the dualisms. We’re not just contrasting good versus bad moral actions but speaking of a metaphysical clash between Light and Darkness.”

Christ as “Firstborn”

Mike Bird has trouble seeing a subordinationist Christology in John

Phil Long on the Feeding of the Five Thousand. See also his follow-up post:

What is the Point of the Feeding of the 5000?

From Bob Cornwall: No rest for the weary, Welcome to the tableA Prayer for the People of God, and Kingdom Signs

What’s In and What’s Out? John Squires on Mark 6

The nature of Jesus’ ministry in Mark 6

The Beatitudes: what does God require of us?

Book Notice: Jesus and the Empire of God (Warren Carter)

The latest issue of Journal for the Study of the Historical Jesus is out. There are also a couple of articles relevant to this topic in the most recent issue of JBL. See too the article on the daughters of Zelophehad in HTS.

Prophets of the new Exodus: Loaves and fishes as military provocation

Commentary on Matthew 18:15-20

Introduction to the Council of Nicaea

Tuggy on Bock and Loke on Jesus’ blasphemy in Mark 14

Has Simon of Cyrene’s Ossuary Been Found–and Largely Forgotten?

Some Miraculous Misogyny From the Ancient World

On Jesus Christ as Jesus THE Christ

Why does Jesus Go into the Wilderness? Matthew 14:13-14

3 Pilgrimage Paths from Galilee to Jerusalem

Paul Davidson on Luke’s “Great Omission”

The Religion of Jesus

Following Jesus the Radical

On the historicity of Jesus:

Did Jesus Endorse the Idea of Reincarnation?

Commentary on Matthew 18:21-35

Open access books: The material sides of marriage. Women and domestic economies in antiquity and Beneath the Church of the Holy Sepulcher

Is atonement possible without blood? Amy-Jill Levine and Marc Brettler explore a Jewish-Christian divide

Antipas wants to meet Jesus

Translation and notes on Mark 6

Misunderstanding Jesus: “they came to make him a king” (John 6; Pentecost 9B)

The Feeding of the Five Thousand Sheep Without a Shepherd

John 6:1-21 Translation and Notes

The feeding of the 5000 in John 6

Women and the Dura-Europos Synagogue Paintings” (in Brill’s 25th anniversary collection on religion and the arts).

Preaching on the Mount (Diana Butler Bass)

How long did Jesus’ mission last? Mark versus John

Mike Kok reviews The John Also Called Mark

Hippocrates on the Problems and Solution to Menstruation

When Jesus Takes a Walk

Claire Clivaz shared an update from the Mark 16 Digital Humanities project

On John the Baptist (the focus of my next big book project):

Faith To Go: Perplexed and Listening

Bob Cornwall, “Served on a Platter”

Getting Real: A Conversation Between Jesus and John the Baptist

What is God doing during the beheading of John the Baptist?

Is the Book of Revelation a pre-Christian work (perhaps connected with John the Baptist)?

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