Biblical Studies

A terribly and sadly ironic Christian tradition

Commenting on Ephesians 5:22-33, John Dominic Crossan notes:

What is most striking about these instructions … is their mutuality and reciprocity. We seem to have spent much more Christian time debating the details of wifely obedience than discussing the details of husbandly self-sacrifice …. It is surely terribly and sadly ironic that Christian tradition demanded subjection from wives and then, rather than demanding self-sacrifice from husbands, transferred that obligation to wives as well.

Well spoken! Once again, this is from God and Empire: Jesus against Rome, Then and Now.