We have been told in recent times that Jesus was a "radical feminist". According to this view He was one who deliberately undermined the traditional patriarchal framework so obviously a part of Old Testament culture and religion. His own teaching and way of life were such that, according to the contention of many, only an egalitarian view of husband-wife relationships and an equalitarian view of male/female roles as disciples is compatible with his world view. This particular kind of analysis of Jesus' views on women has become increasingly accepted as the "correct" interpretation of the relevant material in the four Gospels. However, it is worthwhile to ask whether or not this is yet another attempt to recreate Jesus and His views in the image of our own modern concerns about the place of women in the Christian community and society.

Source: Ashland Theological Journal, 1984. 9 pages.

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