Salty Wives, Spirited Mothers, & Savvy Widows Paperback

Capable Women of Purpose and Persistence in Luke's Gospel

by F. Scott Spencer;

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Salty Wives, Spirited Mothers, & Savvy Widows

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Engaging feminist hermeneutics and philosophy in addition to more traditional methods of biblical study, 'Salty Wives, Spirited Mothers, and Savvy Widows' demonstrates and celebrates the remarkable capability and ingenuity of several women in the Gospel of Luke. While recent studies have exposed women's limited opportunities for ministry in Luke, Scott Spencer pulls the pendulum back from a negative feminist-critical pole toward a more constructive center.

Granting that Luke sends somewhat "mixed messages" about women's work and status as Jesus' disciples, Spencer analyzes such women as Mary, Elizabeth, Joanna, Martha and Mary, and the infamous yet intriguing wife of Lot -- whom Jesus exhorts his followers to "remember" -- as well as the unrelentingly persistent women characters in Jesus' parables.

Salty Wives, Spirited Mothers, & Savvy Widows by F. Scott Spencer was published by Eerdmans Publishing Company in January 2013 and is our 66306th best seller. The ISBN for Salty Wives, Spirited Mothers, & Savvy Widows is 9780802867629.

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"Scott Spencer is one of the most engaging, uncannily perceptive biblical interpreters I know! In this insightful volume he enters the fray of feminist debate over Luke's decidedly 'mixed messages' regarding women, masterfully negotiating the tension between liberating and limiting elements of Luke's presentation. . . . He shows Luke's women to be remarkably capable — even if not as liberated as we might hope! Without whitewashing the difficulties, Spencer thereby reclaims Luke's narrative for liberating, life-enhancing ends." - Frances Taylor Gench, Union Presbyterian Seminary

"Is Luke's Gospel the most dangerous book in the Bible for women and men? Is it a mixed bag? Is it to be read against the grain in order to find good news? In this thoughtful, insightful, and engaging study, Scott Spencer investigates the women who inhabit Luke's narrative. Recognizing mixed messages and avoiding anachronism, Spencer offers a nuanced presentation of capable women of purpose and persistence." - Warren Carter, Brite Divinity School

"Spencer's study of women in the Gospel of Luke is spirited enough to engage students and savvy enough to cause scholars to rethink, once again, the representation of gender in the Third Gospel." - Jennifer Glancy, Le Moyne College

"Insightfully challenges and complements feminist scholarship on a Gospel that is notoriously equivocal for women. . . . A welcome contribution to feminist discourse on the Gospel of Luke." - Mary Ann Beavis, University of Saskatchewan

"For more than two decades, Scott Spencer has engaged with feminist interpretation of the New Testament. With this provocative, stimulating, and lively treatment of women in the Lukan writings, Spencer offers mature but — in the best sense — entirely unpredictable readings resulting in fresh, at times stunning, analyses of these old, old stories. . . . A must-read for anyone — male or female — interested in gender issues, then and now." - Mikeal C. Parsons, Baylor University

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Details for Salty Wives, Spirited Mothers, & Savvy Widows

Author / Artist
Book FormatPaperback
PublisherEerdmans Publishing Company (January 2013)
Number of Pages358
Thickness25 mm
Height152 mm
Width240 mm
Product Code4043985
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