A women's bible on this March 8th

a picture of March 8, 2019 — Who does not know the wonderful story of Martha and Mary in Luke's Gospel? Martha receives Jesus at home. Stressed by domestic care, she resented her sister Mary who chose instead to listen to Jesus. Jesus replied: "Martha, Martha, you are worried and agitated about many things. Only one thing is necessary. Mary has chosen the right part, which will not be taken away from her. "(Luke 10:38-42)

What if the text did not speak of household chores, but of the fact that Martha was performing the duties of a female deacon in the early Church? "It was a great surprise to the women theologians who took up the original text in Greek. They discovered that there is no mention of stewardship or meals in this text. Elisabeth Schüssler Fiorenza highlights the discovery that in Greek, what is translated as "service" is diakonia... which also means: a ministry!", can we learn by reading the book Une bible des femmes (a womens’ bible).

This collective work is the initiative of some twenty French-speaking women theologians, Protestants and Catholics from Europe, Africa and Quebec. In twelve powerful texts, these theologians offer us a feminist reading of certain passages of the Bible that speak of women.

"We can do a feminist reading of the Bible, like any other work. Unfortunately, Bible readings have always been done by men and for men," explains Pierrette Daviau in her interview on the show Plus on est de fous plus on lit from Radio-Canada.

Pierrette Daviau is a Quebec theologian who co-edited the book with her colleagues in Geneva, Élisabeth Parmentier and Lauriane Savoy. She wanted to show that feminist values and Bible reading are not incompatible. "Several religions have been against women, oppressed them, used them. This is not only the case for the Catholic religion, she says. The Bible was a kind of support for this somewhat technical study of texts that referred to more sexist content or that put women under oppression."

With no less than 45 articles or reports, this book has generated a tremendous amount of enthusiasm in the media of the French-speaking world. And rightly so! Well written and accessible, Une bible des femmes reads like a beautiful story, a story that is not often heard. A story that is unfortunately only told on the occasion of a certain March 8 each year...





Recent News

Father Jack Hall died peacefully on March 14, 2019 at the Jesuit Infirmary in Pickering, Ontario. He was in his 73rd year and was in religious life for 45 years. His care for the Society and the Church was genuine; his storytelling brought raucous laughter on his part.

March 15, 2019 — Film maker Kevin Moynihan, with the financial help the Jesuits and a number of other religious orders, has produced a documentary on the residential schools and the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

March 15, 2019 — Dr. Nadia Delicata has just been appointed Episcopal Delegate for the Evangelisation of the Archdiocese of Malta by Mgr Charles J. Scicluna. This is the highest position ever held by a woman in the archdiocese.

March 14, 2019 — The Province of Canada has just created a Service for Common Discernment to assist Jesuit missions and apostolates, but also other organizations that would like to use it in their community discernment efforts.

March 14, 2019 —The famous Jesuit theologian Christoph Theobald will be teaching in Montreal next week. From March 22 to 24, he will give a lecture at the Dominican Pastoral Institute, a teaching inspired by his book Urgences pastorales (Pastoral Emergencies).

March 8, 2019 — This Lent, take the time to remember and savour who you really are in God’s eyes by remembering God’s goodness to you.

Father Remi Limoges died peacefully on 7 March at Rene Goupil House, Pickering. He was in his 94th year and in his 74th year of religious life. Remi was a great reader and would gladly engage in good conversation. He was a wise counselor.

view all news

Search news

Publications

Loyola Today

Canadian Jesuits

Relations - Déc 2018



Manresa Jesuit Renewal Centre
Since 1946, Manresa has welcomed retreatants to grow closer to God on 21 beautiful acres in ...