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Beyond Mary or Martha: Reclaiming Ancient Models of Discipleship
by Jennifer S. Wyant
SBL Press, 2019
Cloth: 978-0-88414-413-7 | eISBN: 978-0-88414-414-4 | Paper: 978-1-62837-259-5
Library of Congress Classification BS2595.6.S35W93 2019
Dewey Decimal Classification 226.406

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ABOUT THIS BOOK

Explore a tale of two sisters



Beyond Mary or Martha: Reclaiming Ancient Models of Discipleship dives into the complicated reception history of Mary and Martha of Bethany, who have been at the center of many debates for almost two thousand years. Jennifer S. Wyant begins her study with a close reading of the sisters’ first encounter with Jesus in Luke 10:38-42, then moves on to patristic, medieval, and modern interpretations of that narrative. Wyant tracks how Mary and Martha both became paradigms of discipleship, revealing the inherent tension within Christianity between contemplative practices and acts of service. By placing ancient debates alongside more modern ones, she argues that, contrary to discussions today within academic and religious circles, gender is not the most important aspect of their story.



Features:


  • A thorough examination of the textual variants in the passage to show how variants affected interpretation throughout history

  • Interpretations from medieval women and their contributions to interpretation of Mary and Martha

  • A visual exegesis of the art representing the passage throughout history
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