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Books by Revd Dr E. Anne Clements

Revd Dr E. Anne Clements is an Associate Tutor at Spurgeon’s College, London,

and Minister of West Kingsdown Baptist Church, Kent, UK.

Mothers on the Margin

Mothers on the Margin?

The Gospel of Matthew opens with a patrilineal genealogy of Jesus that intriguingly includes five women: Tamar, Rahab, Ruth, ‘she of Uriah’, and Mary. In a gospel that has a strongly Jewish and male-orientated outlook, why are women incorporated? In particular, why include these four Old Testament women alongside Mary? Rejecting traditional as well as feminist views, this is a close literary reading of the narratives to discern how each woman is characterized and presented. All are significant scriptural figures on the margins of Israelite society. From this intertextual world established by Matthew,  why Matthew may have named these women in the opening genealogy and what implications their inclusion may have for the ongoing gospel narrative is explored. Mothers on the Margin? argues that Matthew's Gospel contains a counter narrative focused on women. The presence of the five women in the genealogy indicates that the birth of the Messiah will bring about a crisis in Israel's identity in terms of ethnicity, marginality, and gender. The women signal that Matthew's Gospel is concerned with the construal of a new identity for the people of God.

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‘This is a really good book (and a model of how to publish a doctoral thesis). Its discussion of the place of the four women who appear in the genealogy of Jesus at the very start of Matthew's gospel - and at the very start of the New Testament - is illuminating. Her explanation of the Old Testament narratives where the four feature is interesting and well-done, and her conclusions both about the genealogy and about Matthew's gospel and Matthew's view of women are largely persuasive. It is a book engaging effectively with scholarship, and at the same time remarkably readable and accessible.’  Theoldoc

‘Just occasionally we are offered a fresh and enriching lens through which to read a narrative. By means of a close, careful, and perceptive reading of the stories of the women to whom Matthew’s genealogy alludes, Anne Clements offers a renewed engagement with this Gospel and a sharper focus on its themes of covenant faithfulness and righteousness, together with its embracing of all those ‘on the margins’.’

John Colwell, author of The Rhythm of Doctrine

Wrestling with the Word: A Woman reads Scripture

The Whitley Lecture 2011

Wrestling with the Word confronts the issues raised by the recognition that the biblical text is often both patriarchal and androcentric. It suggests the formulation of a hermeneutical stance that moves beyond suspicion of the text to a position of hospitality, adopting a reading strategy that retrieves the stories of women. Attention is drawn to the gynocentric counternarrative of Matthew’s Gospel, first indicated by the naming of five women in the genealogy of the opening chapter. Wrestling with the Word demonstrates its approach by a close intertextual reading of the stories of Rahab and the Cannanite woman. The book concludes with a reflection on the theological lessons that can be drawn from the narrative.

Available online: Regent’s Park College, Oxford

Wrestling with the Word

Spurgeon’s College

West Kingsdown Baptist Church

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