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Luzia Sutter Rehmann Der Glanz der Schekhinah und Elisabets Verhüllung (Lukas 1,24)

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During the last thirty years, the Gospel of Luke has been a storm center concerning the question of women’s roles. One option was to see Luke as the celebrator of women`s dicipleship and strength. But this was profoundly problematizised by a second option that sees Luke as threatening any attempt made by women to find a voice in either society or church. My paper focuses on Luke 1,24-25, the hiding of Elisabet. We have to cope with a gesture of veiling which is not easily understood in modern Western societies and in Western exegesis. The Western perspective of Elisabet’s veiling has a threefold handicap: Seeing the woman means in our genderbiased culture to deal with a special question, a “woman’s concern”. So Elisabet is seen as a wife, an old woman, in sexualizing terms only, but she is not conceived in terms of Jewish piety and antique culture.

Inspite of my gender sensitive reading, I suggest not to see the woman who hides herself (out of shame or other – psychological or dogmatic – reasons), but to embed Elisabet in the house of Aaron and the early Jewish Mysticism.

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Dr. Luzia Sutter Rehmann,

ist Privatdozentin für Neues Testament an der theologischen Fakultät der Universität Basel/ CH. Sie ist am Projekt „Bibel in gerechter Sprache“ beteiligt mit der Übersetzung des Lukasevangeliums. Veröffentlichung unter anderem: Sabine Bieberstein, Ulrike Metternich, Luzia Sutter Rehmann (Herausgeberinnen): „Sich dem Leben in die Arme werfen. Auferstehungserfahrungen“, Gütersloh 2002.

© Luzia Sutter Rehmann, 2005,, ISSN 1661-3317