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Blessed Among Women?: Mothers and Motherhood in the New Testament

Alicia Myers


Mothers appear throughout the New Testament. Called “blessed among women” by Elizabeth in the Gospel of Luke, Mary, the mother of Jesus, is the most obvious example. But Mary is joined by Elizabeth, a chorus of unnamed mothers seeking healing or promotions for their children, as well as male mothers, including Paul (Gal 4:19–20) and Jesus. Although interpreters of the New Testament have explored these maternal characters and metaphors, many have only recently begun to take seriously their theological aspects. This book builds on previous studies by arguing maternal language is not only theolog ... More

Keywords: motherhood, New Testament, embryology, childbirth, breastmilk, femininity, masculinity, physiology, households, Christian Apocrypha

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780190677084
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2017 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190677084.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Alicia Myers, author
Campbell University