Stephanie Buckhanon Crowder provides an engaging womanist reading of
mother characters in the Old and New Testaments.
After providing a brief
history of womanist biblical interpretation, she shows how the stories
of several biblical mothers—Hagar, Rizpah, Bathsheba, Mary, the
Canaanite woman, and Zebedee's wife—can be powerful sources for critical
reflection, identification, and empowerment. Crowder also explores
historical understandings of motherhood in the African American
community and how these help to inform present-day perspectives.
includes questions for discussion with each chapter.
"When Momma Speaks is a powerful resource for the
academy and the church. Crowder lifts up and reflects on the lived
experiences of African American women with integrity, honesty,
wholeness, and deep beauty. An African American woman's experience has
always been more socially, financially, culturally, and biblically
complicated than traditional discourse has allowed. When Momma Speaks gives voice and texture to those complexities in ways women of color can embrace and celebrate."
—Charisse L. Gillett, President, Lexington Theological Seminary
"Crowder draws our attention to the realities of mothering at
the intersection of race, class, and religion. She weaves the narratives
of mothers from the Bible into our present-day contexts to help us
think critically about what it means to be a black mother in today's
world. Crowder opens the door of womanist maternal thought for scholars,
pastors, and laypeople alike to enter into an emergent school of
thought and depart with new and transforming insights for the academy,
church, and home. A refreshing read!"
—Leah Gunning Francis, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the Faculty, Christian Theological Seminary
"Through incisive readings of six biblical mothers, Stephanie
Buckhanon Crowder clothes the complex realities of contemporary mommas
with holy honor. Grounded in the lived experience of African American
women, this book will introduce many readers to the cultural resources
of womanist thought. I needed to read this book, and you do too."
—Greg Carey, Professor of New Testament, Lancaster Theological Seminary