The Gospel of John recounts the story of an encounter between Jesus and a Samaritan woman at the well. After their conversation, she goes out to tell her neighbors about the mysterious stranger, and many of them believed “on the strength of her witness.” These essays, drawn from around the world, reveal the many ways that women have reflected on and borne witness to the person, teaching, and praxis of Jesus Christ in light of their own varied contexts. These contexts include their struggles for life amidst wrenching poverty, racism, and violence; their experience of being female in male-dominated structures in the church and society; and their commitment to promote justice in view of the human dignity of women, all done in tandem with their faith relationship with the living God.
Elizabeth A. Johnson
Elizabeth A. Johnson, a member of the Sisters of Saint Joseph, is Distinguished Professor of Theology at Fordham University. A former president of the Catholic Theological Society of America, she is the author of many books, including She Who Is (winner of the Grawemeyer Award in Religion), Quest for the Living God, Ask the Beasts: Darwin and the God of Love, and Abounding in Kindness: Writings for the People of God.
In The Strength of Her Witness, Elizabeth Johnson has gathered a mighty chorus of women’s voices offering the significant new insights into who Christ is for us today, and who Christ is calling us to be for one another. This is a beautiful, challenging, theologically rich, and deeply moving collection of essays.
- Colleen Mary Carpenter, Saint Catherine University
Every student and teacher of theology will want to read this book. Elizabeth Johnson has brought together a rich collection of essays on Christology by women from diverse cultures and social locations. This volume displays the enduring contributions made by feminist theologians who reflect on the person on saving work of Jesus Christ. It is a valuable resource for the ongoing conversation about Christology.
- Robin Ryan, Catholic Theological Union
If you look for a one-volume work that brings all the influential voices of women around the globe on who Jesus Christ is not only for women but for the whole of humanity, this is the one! Comprehensive, thorough, ecumenical, and authoritative, The Strength of Her Witness is a must-read for both seasoned theologians and beginners. No course on Christology, undergraduate and graduate, would be complete without this book being required reading.
- Peter C. Phan, Georgetown University
From a hospital in Mumbai to Yale, from an interdenominational seminary in Atlanta to Aborigines in Australia, from Rio to Hong Kong and Accra, the range of these voices is stunning. Read in these essays how Christian women intimately describe unimagined shackles to probe by contrast a freedom in Christ and bring to Christology perspectives nearly invisible from public view.
- Roger Haight, S.J., Union Theological Seminary
The contributors wade into the whirlpool of Christological interpretation from the margins of society and the edges of discourse. This is a book that can fruitfully engage not only theologians and their students, but also others who desire to immerse themselves more deeply into the living waters of Christological insight.
- Gloria L. Schaab, Barry University