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Beware of the Blindspot: Popular Curriculum Features Wayman Article

By Carla Morris

Cover-Image-IBL-Spring2018A tweak in perspective can usher in a whole new world of understanding. Take the Pharisees, for example, in the Gospel according to Luke. They were not Jesus’ enemies says author Ben Wayman ’02 in a forthcoming article for Illustrated Bible Life (WordAction Publishing Company, 2018); rather, they were his blind friends.

Placing the relationship in the realm of friendship eases the “eye-opening” lessons that flow from their encounters. One such encounter—in the home of Simon the Pharisee—involved a woman anointing Jesus’ feet. Luke’s account of the ensuing conversation serves as the basis for Wayman’s article “Do You See Jesus?”

Only Visible When . . .

“For Luke, this story is about how Jesus’ identity as Crucified King is only visible once you see the people of his kingdom,” writes Wayman. “People like women who were marginalized and mistreated in Jesus’ day.”

The Illustrated Bible Life series draws from collaborative work of various scholars from the Wesleyan perspective— The Salvation Army, Wesleyans, Evangelical Friends, Free Methodists and others. Its spring 2018 issue focuses on women in the Bible.

Wayman, the James F. and Leona N. Andrews Chair in Christian Unity in the Bastian School of Theology, Philosophy, and Ministry, is no stranger to writing about women in the church. In an article that appeared in Women’s Studies, he paralleled calls for gender equality from churchman B.T. Roberts and women’s rights activist Elizabeth Cady Stanton. His introduction and notes to a new edition of B.T. Roberts’ Ordaining Women (Wipf & Stock Publishers, 2015) provide valuable insights for today’s readers, too, and a Spanish Edition of the book (La ordenación de la mujer) is scheduled for release by Light+Life Publishing shortly after the New Year.

Greenville University President Emeritus W. Richard Stephens has used the Illustrated Bible Life curriculum for more than a decade to teach adult classes at the Greenville Free Methodist Church. He reports that people like the meld of scholarship and practical application.

Learn More:

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GC Religion Professor Explores Wisdom About Gender Equality in New Edition of "Ordaining Women"

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This story was published on January 26, 2018

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