Fourth gospel presents the reader with an early christian text in which women and men are treated as a discipleship of equals as this term is broadly understood in the work of Elisabeth Schussler Fiorenza but qualified with respect to her discussion of the meaning of 'equality' when applied to gender. Specifically, the gospel contains six examples of gender pairs of characters (a widely-accepted lukan feature). The members of each pair are portrayed in a parallel or contrasting faith encounter with the Johannine Jesus which is of substantial theological importance to the gospel's stated purpose (John 20:31). The six pairs are the mother of Jesus (2:1-11) and the royal official (4:46-54); nicodemus (3:1-12) and the samaritan woman (4:4-42); the man born blind (9:1-41) and Martha (11:1-54); Mary of Bethany and Judas (12:1-8); the mother of Jesus and the beloved disciple (19:25-27); Mary Magdalene (20:11-18) and Thomas (20:24-29).
|Publication date:||19th October 2004|
|Publisher:||T.& T.Clark Ltd an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing PLC|
Margaret Beirne received her Ph.D. in Theolody from the Melbourne College of Divinity and is currently Principal and Lecturer in Biblical Studies at the Centre for Christian Spirituality at Randwick, New South Wales, Australia.More About Margaret Beirne