Mothers on the Margin?

The Significance of the Women in Matthew's Genealogy

By E. Anne Clements

Mothers on the Margin?

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Mothers on the Margin?

The Significance of the Women in Matthew's Genealogy

By E. Anne Clements

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PAPERBACK

  • ISBN: 9781625640635
  • Pages: 310
  • Publication Date: 5/1/2014
  • Retail Price: $36.00
Web Price: $28.80
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  • ISBN: 9781625640635
  • Format: epub
  • Publication Date: 5/1/2014
  • Retail Price: $36.00
Web Price: $28.80
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About-

The Gospel of Matthew opens with a patrilineal genealogy of Jesus that intriguingly includes five women: Tamar, Rahab, Ruth, "she of Uriah," and Mary. In a gospel that has a strongly Jewish and male-orientated outlook, why are women incorporated? In particular, why include these four Old Testament women alongside Mary?

Rejecting traditional as well as feminist views, Anne Clements undertakes a close literary reading of the narratives to discern how each woman is characterized and presented. All are significant scriptural figures on the margins of Israelite society. From this intertextual world established by Matthew, Clements explores why Matthew may have named these women in the opening genealogy and what implications their inclusion may have for the ongoing gospel narrative.

Mothers on the Margin? argues that Matthew's Gospel contains a counter narrative focused on women. The presence of the five women in the genealogy indicates that the birth of the Messiah will bring about a crisis in Israel's identity in terms of ethnicity, marginality, and gender. The women signal that Matthew's Gospel is concerned with the construal of a new identity for the people of God.

Endorsements & Reviews-

"Just occasionally we are offered a fresh and enriching lens through which to read a narrative. By means of a close, careful, and perceptive reading of the stories of the women to whom Matthew's genealogy alludes, Anne Clements enables a renewed engagement with this Gospel and a sharper focus on its themes of covenant faithfulness and righteousness, together with its embracing of all of those 'on the margins.'"
--John Colwell, Spurgeon's College, London

"Anne Clements unpacks the immense significance of the inclusion of five women in Matthew's genealogy, carefully exploring their stories and the particular reasons why these women are named. With careful and thorough scholarship brought to a crucial text, Clements demonstrates the inclusive nature of the gospel. . . . Clements' study has wide-ranging application to our understanding of the nature of the gospel and of the church today."
--Rose Dowsett, OMF International, UK

"Anne Clements's careful and intriguing study of the women in Matthew's genealogy poses a direct challenge to readings that have demeaned them. It opens up vital questions about Matthew's purpose, his reading of the Hebrew Scriptures, our view of women in the biblical story, and our understanding of Jesus himself. It deserves a wide readership."
--Stephen I. Wright, Spurgeon's College, London

Contributors-

E. Anne Clements

Bio(s)-

E. Anne Clements is an Associate Tutor at Spurgeon's College, London, and Minister of West Kingsdown Baptist Church in Kent, UK. She is the author of Wrestling with the Word (2011).

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