PARAMBI BABY, VC, The Discipleship of the Women in the Gospel according To Matthew. An Exegetical Theological Study of Matt 27:51b-56, 57-61 and 28:1-10
Despite of being rooted in a mostly Jewish traditional background, patriarchal, androcentric and misogynous in nature, Matthew places women as the sole witnesses to the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus. Their continuous following of Jesus (Matt 27:55) and their constant presence with him especially at the cross (27:61) and the tomb (28:1-10) meets with the discipleship demands in the Gospel, and therefore attribute to them certain discipleship functions in the first Gospel. In the absence of the Twelve, Matthew portrays these women as models of discipleship.Through an exegetical-theological-rhetorial approach, the author critically consults and evaluates a wide range of important contemporary literatures on the topic, doing an exegesis of the Scriptural passages with care and diligence, with deep respect for the word of God, and maintains a serene and critical sense in a field of study that is often polemical and given to exaggerated and uncritical exegesis.
Rev. PARAMBI BABY, VC, born in 1965 at Edavoor, Kerala (India), was ordained Priest for the Vincentian Congregation (St. Thomas Province) in 1990. He did his philosophical and theological Studies in India, respectively at St. Albert's College, Ranchi and at Khrist Premalaya Theologate, Bhopal. After his ordination he has been engaged in various missionary actitivities in the Mission Diocese of Satna, M.P (India). He was awarded an STL (1997) and an STD (2002) in Biblical Theology from the Pontifical Gregorian University, Rome.
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