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I am really pleased with the book. It is a book that began 25 years ago when I agreed to teach a class on gender and the bible at Albion College. That was a long time ago. Back then I didn't have the faintest idea that I would want to write a book on gender, let alone do it. I did not study gender in graduate school. This only became an interest of mine when I began teaching. Each time I taught the class and revised it, I became more and more shocked at what I was finding in the early Christian literature, and was frustrated that this material was not being covered in books authored about early Christianity. I couldn't understand why because the material was so important. So eventually I overcame my own anxieties about not having been formally trained in gender studies, and wrote the book myself.
I hope you like it, or at least, I hope it gives you something to think about.
"An intriguing, important, and appropriately dangerous book. DeConick brings her study of the difficult canonical and apocryphal texts into conversation with contemporary concerns in a satisfying and accessible way. Her style is both technical and easy-going. This is a book for the general public as well as the academic classroom. I learned a great deal from it and am left with many questions to chew on happily and to discuss. The reader is aided in the search for 'Lady God,' and in the struggle to create societies that abhor and reject violence to the female body." — Jane Schaberg, Professor of Biblical Studies and Gender/Women’s Studies, University of Detroit Mercy, USA