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The Pendulum is never static: Jesus Sira to Jesus Christ on women in the light of Judith, Susanna and LXX Esther

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dc.contributor.author Jordaan, Pierre en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2010-08-04T15:38:19Z
dc.date.available 2010-08-04T15:38:19Z
dc.date.issued 2009 en_US
dc.identifier.citation JORDAAN, P. 2009. The Pendulum is never static: Jesus Sira to Jesus Christ on women in the light of Judith, Susanna and LXX Esther. HTS Theological Studies / Hervormde Teologiese Studies, 65(1):178-183 [http://www.hts.org.za/index.php/HTS/index] en_US
dc.identifier.issn 0259-9422
dc.identifier.issn 2072-8050 (Online)
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10394/3588
dc.description.abstract When the New Testament is interpreted, directly preceding literature is largely neglected. The dialectical terms, discourse and contra-discourse do not often surface in research on this period. This is especially the case with reference to women. Jesus Ben Sira (ca. 196 BCE) as well as other wisdom writers had quite a negative view of women. Although it has previously been argued that this negative discourse on women was challenged by Judith, this article goes further: the Additions to Esther and Susanna are added as possible challenging discourses. It is argued that these texts convincingly confront Ben Sira’s negative views and add substantial value to the worth and status of women. During the CE, both Jesus Christ and the Apostle Paul had a mainly positive view of women. Positive ideas and allusions from texts are pointed out that might have their roots in the Apocrypha. Lastly, this article argues that the disputed Pauline letters contain a swing back towards Jesus Ben Sira’s negative view of women
dc.description.uri http://dx.doi.org/10.4102/hts.v65i1.167
dc.publisher OpenJournals Publishing
dc.title The Pendulum is never static: Jesus Sira to Jesus Christ on women in the light of Judith, Susanna and LXX Esther en_US


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