Women and Q: Metonymy of the Basileia of God
This paper examines the oral features of Q to illustrate the hidden imagery of the basileia of God (frequently translated “Kingdom” of God) as established by images of ordinary women and their daily activities. Its central contention is that the distinctiveness of the oral metonymy of Q is a concept of the basileia of God as a domestic place featuring women’s participation in performances of Q. Thus, women’s participation in Q points toward a social ethics of a more inclusive and compassionate society in the early Jesus movement of Q.
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