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Women Remembered with Joan Taylor

Event Details

One-off event
Date: 25/03/2023 | Venue: Wivenhoe Bookshop Shed
Time: 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Women Remembered – Jesus’ Female Disciples

Joan Taylor in Conversation with Revd Dr Sara Batts-Neale

7.00pm Saturday 25th March

St Mary’s Church Annexe


Tickets £5.00 incl beverage

Do you think that Jesus only surrounded himself with men? Think again.

‘Inspired by their popular Channel 4 documentary Jesus’ Female Disciples, historians Helen Bond and Joan Taylor explore the way in which Mary the mother of Jesus, Mary Magdalene, Mary, Martha and a whole host of other women – named and unnamed – have been remembered by posterity, noting how many were silenced, tamed or slurred by innuendo – though occasionally they get to slay dragons. Women Remembered looks at the representation of these women in art, and the way they have been remembered in inscriptions and archaeology. And of course they dig into the biblical texts, exposing misogyny and offering alternative and unexpected ways of appreciating these women as disciples, apostles, teachers, messengers and church-founders.

At a time when both the church and society more widely are still grappling with the full inclusion and equality of women, this is a must-read for anyone interested in the historical and cultural origins of Christianity.’

Publisher’s Synopsis

About the Authors

Joan Taylor is Professor of Christian Origins and Second Temple Judaism at Kings College, London. She is a historian working in literature, language, history and archaeology, and has written numerous books and articles in her fields of interest.

After a BA degree at Auckland University, New Zealand, Joan completed post-graduate studies at the University of Otago and undertook a PhD at New College, University of Edinburgh. Joan regularly works in media and gives public talks.

Prof Joan Taylor & Prof Helen Bond

Helen Bond is Professor of Christian Origins, and Head of the School of Divinity at the University of Edinburgh. She is interested in all aspects of early Christianity and the social, cultural and religious context in which it emerged, and publishes books and articles on a range of figures associated with the Christian story.

She studied for her undergraduate degree at the University of St Andrews and a PhD at Durham University. Helen is passionately committed not only to teaching in the academy, but also to public outreach. She has extensive media experience and has given many talks at public events.

In Conversation

Revd Dr Sara Batts-Neale

Joan will be in conversation with Revd Dr Sara Batts-Neale, Anglican Chaplain at the University of Essex and associate priest in the parishes of Wivenhoe, Greenstead and Colchester New Town, and the Hythe.

Sara talks about her work here:

It is my privilege to be a source of support and listening to the Colchester campus community as we work together. You don’t have to believe in God to chat with a chaplain – I provide confidential, non-judgemental and inclusive support.

Please do contact me if you have questions on faith, hope, fear, belonging, loss, love, joy or pain – or we could just drink tea and wonder together about the beauty and strangeness of life.

Praise for Women Remembered

Drawing on fifty years of feminist scholarship, they now expand the story to include most of the women mentioned in Christian scripture. Importantly, they show that the movement that came to be called Christianity was fluid and unstable for its first three centuries, attracting a diversity of women whose leadership was excluded as roles became formalized. Times Literary Supplement
Having excavated biblical texts, they expose deep-rooted misogyny and offer alternative accounts of women as apostles, teachers, messengers, and church founders. Irish Examiner
Another argument made to good effect by the likeable authors, in this accessible and pleasurable addition to the largely impenetrable academic literature on the subject, is that the gospels as they appear in our Bibles were subject to heavy tweaking and editing over the century or two after they were written until a definitive version was agreed. The Daily Telegraph
There is plenty of evidence that women were not only involved in Jesus’ movement, but were integral to it. All About History Magazine

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