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The Gospel according to gender : new representations of four New Testament outcast women


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Wilkinson, IA 1997 , 'The Gospel according to gender : new representations of four New Testament outcast women', Research Master thesis, University of Tasmania.

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This dissertation examines the way in which the Christian
church, through its various discourses places women in an
ideologically inferior position to men. These discourses
influence what it is possible for women to say, do and be in the
Christian community. Such ideologies are founded on notions
of "ideal womanhood" that have their origin in the Old and New
Testament of the Bible which is said to be "God's word" for all
time. This paper examines the way in which Christianity has
been "patriarchalized" by the discourses of First Century
Palestine and the surrounding Greco-Roman community.
As well as an analysis of contemporary Christian
fundamentalist literature, this paper illuminates the way in
which women are marginalized, exploited or abused in the
church community.
By applying the principles of post -structuralism with a
Christian feminist perpsective I have examined four New
Testament stories about "outcast" women and offered
alternative readings through the creative process of imaginative
Some recommendations for reform as well as suggestions for
further research conclude the dissertation.

Item Type: Thesis - Research Master
Authors/Creators:Wilkinson, IA
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