A Word About “Women in the New Testament”
The Women of the New Testament ministry explores the diverse roles of women in the early church by studying and discussing the Old Testament, the New Testament, other writings and practices of the early church, and scholarly commentary on these sources. In the light of this process, the group–women and men–pray to discern the roles to which women (and men) are being called in the contemporary church. Meetings are at 6:45 PM. The meeting takes place from 6:45 – 8:30 PM. in the Parish Office Conference Room at 110 E. Madison Street. Our committee chair is Melody Gordon-Healy, firstname.lastname@example.org. For additional information call Melody Gordon Healy at 410-243-3773.
Current Book: When Women Were Priests by Karen Jo Torjesen
“In an accessible and engaging style, Torjesen details the historical evidence that women were priests, bishops, and even prophets in the early Christian church. Compelling, relevant reading.”–“Ms.””A powerful work of synthesis. Torjesen is nothing short of brilliant in tracing the connection between the church’s move from private to public spheres and the corresponding move to suppress women’s leadership. The cumulative effect of the book’s argument is to make more rationally urgent than ever the removal of this scandal.”–Elizabeth A. Johnson, author of “She Who Is” ”Brilliantly lays bare the historic roots of the church’s prejudice against women. A powerful, revealing, insightful book.”–RT. REV. John S. Spong, Bishop of Newark”Provacative in argument and engagingly written….Bound to stimulate discussion.”–Elizabeth A. Clark, co-editor, “Women and Religion””Absolutely first rate!”–Jouette M. Bassler, associate editor, “The HarperCollins Study Bible”
From the Publisher
This landmark book reveals not only that women were priests, bishops, and prophets in early Christianity, but also how and why they were then suppressed.