Outrageous Women, Outrageous God: Women in the First Two Generations of Christianity
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Commended, Australian Christian Book of the Year Award, 1996.
Outrageous Women, Outrageous God is a study into the status and ministry of women in the New Testament, and how they went against many of the social and religious constraints of their time. It is a fresh approach to the place women, both Jewish and gentile, made for themselves-from the conception of John the Baptizer to the death of the last apostle.
When you stop to consider that all the authors of the New Testament books were men who were part of the constraints which society and religion placed on women, you cannot help being amazed at the extent to which women gained prominence in early Christianity. In describing these women and their actions, Ross Saunders has used the word, ‘outrageous’ to emphasize just how far some of them stepped outside what was traditionally allowed them: ‘That God would at times encourage such behaviour means that to some extent, God is the origin of this outrageousness.’
‘A classic! Saunders clearly and crisply situates Jesus and Paul in their non-Western culture and shows their outrageous and counter-cultural stand on male and female relationships. An exceptionally readable guide for Bible readers who want to see Jesus and Paul engaging their culture. Uncluttered, accurate, terse and engaging portrayals. A gem of a book.
Professor Jerome H. Newrey, University of Notre Dame, Indiana
‘Outrageous Women Outrageous God is an incisive and engaging analysis of the biblical vision of inclusive human community. Ross Saunders’ use of “outrageous” is an apt description of God’s call to women in the New Testament and the early church. It is a vision as relevant today as ever, when social convention threatens the place of women in church and society.’
The Rev’d Dr Don Saines, Dean of the Cathedral Church of St Paul, Anglican Diocese of Gippsland, and formerly Principal, St Francis Theological College, Brisbane
‘Ross Saunders’ analysis of different episodes enables us to see these women as influential individuals. I commend his fresh approach to a topical issue.’
Professor Alanna Nobbs, Macquarie University, Sydney