Category: Biblical Studies


Rivta H. Williams "Mother of Jesus at Cana: A Social-Science Interpretation of John 2:1-12" In Catholic Biblical Quarterly. vol. 59, no. 4, 1997 : 679-692

This article demonstrates how using cultural anthropological insights about ancient Mediterranean life enhances a contemporary reading of biblical texts. The interaction of Jesus and Mary occurs within the context of honor-shame cultures at the nexus of gendered space (ordinarily private space becomes temporarily public for a wedding), reliance on patronage networks for access to goods and services, and unique character of mother-son relations.

Rivta H. Williams "Lifting the Veil: A Social Science Interpretation of 1 Corinthians 11:2-16cr" In Consensus. vol. 12, no. 1, 1997 : 53-60

In this article I demonstrate the utility of the cultural anthropological models in the exegesis of a difficult text. Here the role of women in honor-shame cultures in which there is not only a gendered division of labor but also gendered space helps us understand and evaluate Paul‘s argument for the veiling of women who pray and prophesy in the assembly.