Read: “Women on the Edge”
I have had occasion recently to become more familiar than ever before with ancient Jewish culture (and surrounding pagan cultures), seeing how dramatically and destructively it was a male-dominated culture, where women on a good day were invisible, and on a bad day were hardly human and could, therefore, be treated any way the man (or men) wanted to treat them.
By the close of the New Testament (thanks mostly to Jesus) we can see a redemption of women from male dominance dawning in early Christianity, but only the flicker of what–to this day in the USA and around the world–is still not all God would wish for women. In stark and subtle ways, it is still “a man’s world.”
And so, I approached this week’s reading, intrigued by the title and wondering how McLaren would deal with it. I am not disappointed.
Through Sarah, Mary, and Elizabeth, McLaren shows that God was speaking Truth about life (truth we still need to hear and enact) through women–God’s beloved who, by the very fact of their subjugation, know better than any man (ancient or modern) that the impossible is possible in God–not machismo!
If we read and absorb this chapter, I believe we will find that McClaren has pulled a fast one on us–showing that the “edge” of culture is actually the Center of the Kingdom. It takes women to know that, and it takes faith to believe it!