Women in the Greetings of Rom 16.1-16 (Library Of New Testament Studies Series)
An investigation into the leadership roles of women within the model of mutuality in Pline churches, as specified in Romans 16:1-16. Susan Mathew examines the structures of mutuality in Romans, to shed light on the issue of women's leadership in...
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An investigation into the leadership roles of women within the model of mutuality in Pline churches, as specified in Romans 16:1-16. Susan Mathew examines the structures of mutuality in Romans, to shed light on the issue of women's leadership in Pline theology. Mathew begins by analyzing the general form of greetings in the Pline letters, to shed light on the specific form of the greetings in Rom 16.1-16. Mathew then couples this with analysis of the leadership of women in the Greco-Roman world showing that women's leadership roles in the Pline churches were part of this wider culture. This provides a basis from which to show that the women named in Romans 16.1-16, display Pl's acknowledgment of some women associates, and point to relationships of mutuality in the greetings. A study of Romans 12-13 helps to apprehend the model of mutuality exemplified in the greetings. Finally, the contextual application of mutuality in the community as mutual welcoming and mutual up-building (Romans 14-15) is brought into focus. This enables Mathew to draw together the strands of the Pline ethos of mutuality, which encourages the leadership roles of women in the greetings at the end of Romans.
Susan Mathew is Lecturer in Biblical Studies at Faith Theological Seminary, Manakala, Kerala, India. She also works voluntarily as the Director of Deepti Special School and Centre for Children with Cerebral Palsy, Manakala, Kerala.
- 1. Introduction 2. The Form Of Greetings In The Romans Letter Closing 3.women In The Roman Empire 4. Women In Romans 16 5. The Body Metaphor And Allelous: A Paradigm Of Mutuality In Romans 12, 13 6. Receiving One Another: A Paradigm Of Mutuality In Romans 14-15 7. Conclusion: Towards A Theology Of Love Mutualism 8. Bibliography