Book Details

Early Church Understandings of Jesus as the Female Divine: The Scandal of the Scandal of Particularity (by Sally Douglas)
Published: 19-05-2016
Edition: 1st
Extent: 240
ISBN: 9780567667144
Imprint: Bloomsbury T&T Clark
Series: The Library of New Testament Studies
Volume: 557


Central to debates about Jesus is the issue of whether he uniquely embodies the divine. While this discussion continues unabated, both those who affirm and those who dismiss, Jesus’ divinity regularly eclipse the reality that in many of the earliest strands of the Christian tradition when Jesus’ divinity is proclaimed, Jesus is imaged as the female divine. Sally Douglas investigates these early texts, excavates the motivations for imaging Jesus as Woman Wisdom and the complex reasons that this began to be suppressed in the 2nd and 3rd centuries. The work concludes with an exploration of the powerful implications of engaging with the ancient proclamation of Jesus-Woman Wisdom in contemporary context.

Table of Contents

1.The Scandal of the Scandal of Particularity
2. Is He She?
3. Why is it So?
4. Where Shall Wisdom be Found?
5. Re-Recognising Jesus-Woman Wisdom
6. Scandalous Invitations