Magdalene Christianity

Date(s) - 01/13/2018
9:00 am - 1:45 pm

Northway Christian Church


Magdalene Christianity
Saturday, January 13, 9:00 a.m. to 1:45 p.m.
Northway Christian Church, Dallas
Shelly Matthews, Professor of New Testament, Brite Divinity School, Fort Worth, TX

Magdalene Christianity, a term coined by the late biblical scholar Jane Schaberg, serves as an umbrella term for followers of the Jesus movement, from the first through the fourth centuries and beyond, composed of both men and women, who struggled for egalitarian goals and ideals, including the principle that all have equal access to salvation and all persons reflect the image of God. Drawing from both biblical and extra-biblical materials, we will trace the historical presence of “Magdalene” Christians, their theological claims, their strong ties to prophetic strands of Judaism, and their struggles with Christians loyal to the apostles Peter and Paul, who hostilely opposed their egalitarian strivings. This seminar is aimed at all who desire a fuller awareness of the diversity of early Christian communities, and especially for those who see value in reconstructing a past that gives voice to those marginalized by dominant Christian powers.

Shelly Matthews, Professor of New Testament at Brite Divinity School, is the co-editor, with Melanie Johnson-DeBaufre, of the Feminist Studies in Religion Book Series, FSRBooks; and the co-founder and co-chair, with Tat-Siong Benny Liew, of the Society of Biblical Literature consultation on Racism, Pedagogy and Biblical Studies. Her current projects include a feminist biblical theology of resurrection and a coauthored feminist commentary on the Gospel of Luke. Previous publications include Perfect Martyr: The Stoning of Stephen and the Construction of Christian Identity (2010), and The Acts of the Apostles: Taming the Tongues of Fire (2013). Dr. Matthews holds the ThD from the Harvard Divinity School, the MDiv from Boston University School of Theology, and the BA from the University of North Dakota. She is an ordained United Methodist minister from the Dakotas area conference.