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The Ministry of Women in the New Testament: Reclaiming the Biblical Vision for Church Leadership | Online Book Launch
Saturday, 10 April, 4:00 pm–6:00 pm AEST
The Ministry of Women in the New Testament: Reclaiming the Biblical Vision for Church Leadership
Join Dorothy Lee for the book launch of her new book, The Ministry of Women in the New Testament: Reclaiming the Biblical Vision for Church Leadership. The book will be launched by Bishop Kate Prowd at St Mary’s Anglican Church, North Melbourne, and streamed live on Saturday 10 April at 4pm.
Praise for The Ministry of Women in the New Testament
“Although the ministries of women, ordained and otherwise, have been acknowledged by great segments of the church, rejection and resistance persist. In this fine volume, Dorothy Lee presents a comprehensive and engaging case for the ordained ministry of women, drawing on evidence from Scripture, history, and the theological tradition. Her work challenges the idolatry of masculinity that continues to cripple men and women alike within the Christian community. A most welcome contribution.”
Beverly Roberts Gaventa, Distinguished Professor of New Testament, Baylor University
“It is unfortunate that a thoroughly biblical and theological case still needs to be made for the full participation of women in leadership and ministry (whether ordained or lay), but the experience of many demonstrates this necessity. Dorothy Lee brings together a knowledge of the scriptural and theological sources and a sensitive engagement with the many facets of the debate in this accessible and persuasive volume. She takes her readers through the varying voices of the New Testament as well as the lesser-known early church evidence for women’s participation in the work of the gospel, and she tackles these questions with confidence from a theological and social perspective. This book will surely encourage respectful discussion among all who look to Scripture and tradition as they wrestle with contemporary challenges.”
Judith M. Lieu, Lady Margaret’s Professor of Divinity Emerita, University of Cambridge
“Professor Dorothy Lee’s study of the Christian traditions surrounding the ministry of women makes a major contribution to an important debate. This crucial discussion is too often marred by shrill dogmatism from both sides. Professor Lee’s balanced starting point is that ‘there is no single, unanimous voice on women’s ministry throughout the history and experience of the church.’ Her data from the New Testament, early church teaching, liturgical practices, and iconography articulates significant biblical and theological strands too long ignored or misinterpreted. Her analysis leads her to affirm convincingly that ‘baptism is the primary symbol that draws women and men into a relationship with Christ that transcends all human barriers. . . . All Christians have the capacity to communicate Christ to others and to share his life in multiple forms of ministry.'”
Francis J. Moloney, SDB, Senior Professorial Fellow, Catholic Theological College, University of Divinity, Melbourne, Australia