The Parable of the Woman in Childbirth of John 16:21: A Metaphor for the Death and Glorification of Jesus

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She has provided feminist theology and Johannine studies with new challenges and new creative insights and understandings with which future scholars, activists and mystics will need to engage if we are to allow the moon to come into view and not just the finger that points to it as we read and engage with this study.


“Kathleen Rushton invites her readers to make a journey with her through a socio-rhetorical reading of the parable and the images of John 16:21, a journey that is creative and birthing of the new (not without the struggle and anguish).”-Dr. Elaine Wainwright, University of Auckland

Table of Contents

I. Periodicals, Reference Works and Serials
II. Ancient Documents
III. General
Foreword by Elaine Wainwright
The Text of John 16:21-22
Chapter 1: Introduction
I. Women's Voices on Interpretations of the Death of Jesus
II. Johannine Death of Jesus in Current Scholarship
III. Interpretations of Jn 16:21
Chapter 2: A Feminist Socio-Rhetorical Reading of Metaphor
I. Metaphor
A. Clarification of Related Terms
B. An Interanimative Theory of Metaphor
II. Intertextuality and Contextuality
A. Variations of Intertextuality
1. Late First Century Context of Reading
2. Twenty-first Century Context of Reading
III. Intratextuality
A. Genre
1. Gospel
2. Prologue
3. Parable
IV. Ethics of Reading a Birth Metaphor
A. SocialLocation
B. Theological Anthropology
C. Ethics of Interpretation
V. Conclusion
Chapter 3: A Feminist Socio-Rhetorical Reading of the Context of Jn 16:21
I. Jn H:l-17:26-TheBroaderContextofJn 16:21
A. The Recorded Memories of Jn 13:1-17:26
B. A Feminist Socio-Rhetorical Reading of Jn 11:1-17:26
1. The Visibility of Women - Included in dyaniyyac, iabc, l8ioi)Q
a. Delineation of Context
b. Symbolically Executed ... Buried ... Glorified - Jn 11-12
c. Of Women Disciples at the Table
2. The Androcentric Human and Divine Worlds
3. "The/My/Her Hour" of the New Creation
4. Accomplishing the Works of God
C. Conclusion
II. Jn 16:1-33 - The Immediate Context of Jn 16:21
A. Feminist Socio-Rhetorical Reading of Jn 16
1. Creative "Remembering"
2. The Hour
3. Sorrow and Joy
4. Paroimia
5. The Spirit-Paraclete
B. Conclusion
Chapter 4: The Metaphor of the Woman in Childbirth Jn 16:21
I. Images of the Death of Jesus in the Fourth Gospel
II. The Gendered Image of Woman in Childbirth of Jn 16:21
A. Sets of Associations with Natural Birth - "Ordinary" Experience
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2. Tewdco
3. Ordinary Experience Theologically Overlayed
B. Sets of Association with the LXX - Literary Intertextuality..
C. Sets of Association with Johannine Theological Themes - Intratextuality
III. Conclusion
Chapter 5: Literary and Socio-Cultural Intertextual Readings of Jn 16:21
I. Literary Intertextuality with Scriptural Texts
A. Jn16:21 and the "Daughter of Zion" of Isaiah
1. There is a Female Character in this Text
2. Her Story
3. The "Daughter of Zion" of Jn 12:15
B. Jn 16:21 and Woman of the Parable of Genesis 2:4b-3:24b...
1. An Erasure and Trajectories of a Birth Image
2. A Wisdom Parable
3. Symbolism
C. Jn 16:21 and Biblical Birth Imagery
1. Birth and Birthless Images in Biblical Traditions
2. Biblical and Traditional Constructions of the Birth Giver...
II. Socio-Cultural Intertextuality
A. Glimpses of Women in Childbirth in the Graeco-Roman World
1. Folk Medicine
2. Soranus' Gynecology
3. Attitudes towards Childbirth
III. Conclusion
Chapter 6: The Language and Imagery of Human Generation
I. The "Father-Son" Locations in the Fourth Gospel
A. Where is "the Father"?
B. Where is "the Son"?
II. A Feminist Socio-Rhetorical Reading of Jn 1:1-5:27
A. The Prologue- Setting the Scene (Jn 1:1-18)
1. Reading the Imagery and Language of Human Generation
2. Reading through Sophia/Logos-Wisdom Incarnate
3. "The Father" Metaphor in Context
4. The Accentuation of Male Generative Imagery in Interpretation
B. Jn 1:19-5:18 — The Myriad Naming of Jesus in Relation to God
1. Imagery of Human Generation in Jn 3:3-8
2. Spiraling Images and New Layers of Meaning
3. God Loves and Sends
C. The Coordination of Father and Son in Jn 5:19-27
III. Conclusion
Chapter 7: A Feminist Reading of the Death-Glory of Jesus Evoked by Jn 16:21
I. Jn 16:21 and the Death-Glory of the Johannine Jesus
II. Jn 16:21 and the Johannine Disciples
Appendix 1: Jn 16:21-22-Translationsand Comparisons
Appendix 2: Jn 16:21-22 in the Context of Jn 16
Appendix 3: Biblical Texts and Translations of Isa 12:6
Appendix 4: Location of "Daughter of Zion" and "Servant of God" Texts
Appendix 5: Technical/Semi-Technical Birth Terms in Isa 66:7-9. .
Appendix 6: Biblical Texts and Translations of Aspects of Gen 3:16,17,19......
IXr> I. Ancient Texts of Gen 3:16,17,19 and English Translation of Gen 3:16
II. Gen 3:16-17- Suffering for the Woman and Achievement for the Man
A. Feminist Translations
B. Recent Bible Translations
Appendix 7: Translations of the Term jiovoyevfjq in Jn 1:18
Appendix 8: Translations of Jn 1:14
Index of Ancient Authors and Sources
I. First Testament
II. Second Testament
III. Ancient Documents
Index of Modern Authors
Index of Subjects
Index of Subjects

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