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Title: Images of Jesus
Subtitle: Contributions of African and Asian Women to the Christological Debate (1982-2007)
Author(s): FREDERIKS, Martha T. , BRINKMAN, Martien E.
Journal: Studies in Interreligious Dialogue
Volume: 19 Issue: 1 Date: 2009
This article gives an overview of African and Asian women’s images of Jesus as proposed in academic discourse in the last twenty-five years. Some of the images discussed are explicitly feminine (e.g. Jesus as mother), although many of these images are proposed by both Western and non-Western women. African and Asian women also use non-feminine images of Jesus (e.g. Jesus as liberator, Jesus as life-giver). Many of these images were developed by both male and female non-Western theologians and have become part of the global academic discourse. The article concludes that only a few images (e.g Jesus as shakti) are exclusive to non-Western women. Nevertheless, the images presented give insight in the lives of women in Africa and Asia since they reflect the experiences of non-Western women, their quest for life and the conviction that this life is to be found in Jesus Christ.