Book Review: Jesus Feminist, by Sarah Bessey

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I (Helen) have read a few books on the topic of women in ministry, ranging from the more scholarly (Good News for Women by Rebecca Merrill Groothuis), to the tongue-in-cheek (A Year of Biblical Womanhood by Rachel Held Evans). I’ve read excerpts of others, including Discovering Biblical Equality (especially the articles by Gordon D. Fee), and Why Not Women? by Loren Cunningham and David Hamilton. While all of these books and articles have contributed a lot to my thinking and studying on the topic of women in ministry (for a Women in Ministry lecture and for personal interest), Jesus Feminist by Canadian author Sarah Bessey, has been such a breath of fresh air for me. While I wouldn’t say she presented anything earth-shatteringly new for me as a student of this topic, her approach won me over. This approach is probably best encapsulated by her final sentences in…

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