Women Who Do: Female Disciples in the Gospels (Paperback)

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Meet the women who followed Jesus even when the Twelve failed.
To be a disciple is to follow Jesus. And that requires action. But in the Gospels, the disciples often falter. The Twelve even abandon Jesus at his crucifixion in many of the narratives. Yet it is female disciples who remain faithful to Jesus to the end. What do we make of this?

In Women Who Do, Holly J. Carey examines what it means to be a disciple--and contends that it's the women who best embody discipleship in the Gospels. Carey describes the expectations and social roles for women in first-century Greco-Roman and Jewish contexts. Then she offers a close reading of each of the four Gospels, as well as Acts of the Apostles. What emerges is a cohesive narrative-critical case that the Twelve are not an equivalent group to the disciples. In fact, the Twelve are set as foils against the faithful, active, and often nameless disciples who populate the narratives--many of whom are women.

Women Who Do is essential reading for students and scholars seeking a fuller understanding of women's roles in Jesus's ministry. Carey's argument not only clarifies the narrative of the Gospels but also raises questions about how the church conceives of women's leadership today.

About the Author

Holly J. Carey is professor of biblical studies and chair of the Biblical Studies Department at Point University.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780802879158
ISBN-10: 0802879152
Publisher: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company
Publication Date: October 24th, 2023
Pages: 237
Language: English