Category: Church History and Historical Theology

Church History and Historical Theology filtered by type: Journal Articles

Joy Schroeder "Marguerite of Navarre Breaks Silence about Sixteenth-Century Clergy Sexual Violence" In Lutheran Quarterly. vol. 7, 1993 : 171-190

Marguerite of Navarre (1492-1549), queen of the country of Navarre and sister to the king of France, wrote a literary anthology, the Heptameron, which contains numerous stories about priests who abused their office to sexually violate or harass women. In the Heptameron, Marguerite warns laypeople to be cautious in their dealings with priests, and she encourages noble people to use their influence to protect victims.

Joy Schroeder "Spiritual Friendship in the Vita of Beatrice of Nazareth" In Magistra: A Journal of Women’s Spirituality in History. vol. 3, no. 2, 1997 : 99-140

Schroeder explores the role of friendship in the life of Flemish Cistercian nun Beatrice of Nazareth (1200-1268). Friendship was a source of spiritual support and encouragement in monastic settings. Spiritual friends would also pray for one another to have visionary experiences on predetermined feast days, creating a climate of expectation surrounding church festivals.

Joy Schroeder "The Rape of Dinah: Luther‘s Interpretation of a Biblical Narrative" In The Sixteenth Century Journal. vol. 28, 1997 : 775-791

Unlike patristic and medieval commentators who harshly condemned Jacob‘s daughter Dinah (Genesis 34) for her own rape, Martin Luther interprets the story from the perspective of a loving father who is saddened by the grave injury done to his young daughter.

Joy Schroeder "John Chrysostom‘s Critique of Spousal Violence" In Journal of Early Christian Studies. vol. 12, 2004 : 413-442

In contrast to other church fathers who tolerated wife-beating and encouraged women to remain in abusive marriages, John Chrysostom argued that a man should not use physical violence against his wife for any reason whatsoever.

Joy Schroeder "A Fiery Heat: Images of the Holy Spirit in the Writings of Hildegard of Bingen" In Mystics Quarterly. vol. 30, 2004 : 76-95

Schroeder shows how Hildegard‘s theological writings about the Holy Spirit were well-integrated with her scientific theories about the four elements (earth, air, fire, and water) and medieval thoughts about the bodily “humors.” The Holy Spirit is described as having—and providing to faithful Christians—the propitious qualities associated with the right combination of air, fire, and water.

Joy Schroeder "The Feast of the Purification in the Liturgical Mysticism of Angela of Foligno" In Mystics Quarterly. vol. 32, 2006 : 35-67

Italian Franciscan tertiary Angela of Foligno (c. 1248-1309) reported several visionary experiences on the February 2 Feast of the Purification. Schroeder argues that Angela used the story of Virgin Mary‘s presentation of her child Jesus in the temple as a metaphor for Angela‘s offering of herself and her spiritual sons (Franciscan priests) to the deity.

Joy Schroeder "Wisdom‘s Voice and Women‘s Speech: Hrotswitha of Gandersheim, Hildegard of Bingen, and Rebecca Cox Jackson" In Magistra: A Journal of Women’s Spirituality in History. vol. 13, 2007 : 41-70

Examining the writings of two medieval German women and a nineteenth-century African-American Shaker preacher, Schroeder explores women‘s use of the biblical figure of Wisdom to authorize female writing and preaching.

Joy Schroeder "Dismembering the Adulteress: Sixteenth-Century Commentary on the Narrative of the Levite‘s Concubine (Judges 19-21)" In Seminary Ridge Review. vol. 9, no. 2, 2007 (5-24)

In their treatment of the horrific story of the rape of the Levite’s concubine by the men of Gibeah, Reformation-era commentators said that the “natural” rape of the woman was preferable to the “unnatural” rape of her husband, who had been threatened by the townsmen. Several Protestant writers claimed that her gang rape and death was divinely ordained justice for adultery against her husband.

Jeannine E. Olson "Calvin as Pastor-Administrator During the Reformation in Geneva" Spring In Pacific Theological Review. vol. 14, no. 2, 1981 : 10-17
Jeannine E. Olson "Calvin and the Diaconate: Genevan Origins" Fall In Liturgy: Journal of the Liturgical Conference. vol. 2, no. 4, 1982 : 78-83