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Bibil Identifier bibil:143253
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) Christian Origins, Egalitarianism, and Utopia
Author Beavis, Mary Ann
Journal Journal of Feminist Studies in Religion (Volume: 23, Issue: 2)
Year (Publication) 2007
Year (Copyright) 2007
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2007
Year (Reference) 2007
Language English
Pages 27-49 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract In recent years, several scholars have challenged the widely held hypothesis that the historical Jesus and the kingdom of God movement were egalitarian, but that as early as the time of Paul the early church began conforming to the nonegalitarian norms of the ancient Mediterranean world. In particular, "feminist myths of Christian origins" have been criticized for anachronistically projecting contemporary gender egalitarian ideals back into the first century. Beavis critiques this argument, especially as presented by John Elliott, and suggests that opposition to the "egalitarian theory," much like Cynthia Eller's The Myth of Matriarchal Prehistory, sets up a biased and incomplete account of feminist reconstructions of Christian origins, and then proceeds to refute it. As such, appealing to "feminist myths" of proto-Christian egalitarianism may be used, much like Eller's book, to discredit feminist scholarship and spirituality. Beavis shows that the basileia movement expresses egalitarian ideals—including gender egalitarianism—similar to those of other ancient utopian writings and movements.
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Bible (as a whole) : Bible (as a whole) -- Hermeneutics - Methods : Hermeneutics : Feminist Reading
Thesaurus BiBIL : Ancient Christianity : Themes : Woman
Thesaurus BiBIL : New Testament (Introduction) : Theology : Themes : Woman
Thesaurus BiBIL : Ancient Christianity : Periods : First Century
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