Wednesday, May 9, 2007
Really quick, I'm reading some reformation commentators on the Samaritan woman at the well (fyi, the reformation is when exegetes switched from thinking she was an amazing portrait of conversion and mission to thinking she was the town whore who was too silly and sarcastic to understand anything). Here's my favorite quote so far on her going to preach to her town...
"(The Samaritans) did not believe through the word of the apostles, who were chosen by Christ and sent to preach the Gospel, but through the word of a woman, a person of the inferior sex, and a private citizen not called to the ministry of the word."
Hilarious. He (Musculus) concludes that once in a while he can be okay with a lay person, "even a woman" being somewhat useful in the kingdom of Christ, but only with "acquaintances and friends."