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Title: Domination and Empowerment: Foundation for Inequality and Equality
Author: Ujah Gabriel Ejembi,SJ

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Abstract: This is a book written from the perspective of feminists.  It draws from the experience of the historical marginalization of women through the practice of imposed and structural patriarchy to give explanations to the reality of gender inequality.  The author argues that the notion of power is central to any attempt in understanding the disadvantages that characterize gender relations. Thus any debate directed at improving gender relations or enhancing gender equality must begin from the understanding of power and its operations.  In Domination and Empowerment: Foundation for Inequality and Equality, Ujah maintains that the experience of men under patriarchal conditions that presented to them a world that is undoubtedly man-made influenced how they understood and exercised power.  Under such conditions of great inequality and social discrimination, men could only understand power as domination, that is, ‘power over’ (women).  As domination, power is employed to give men advantages over women.  For this reason, the author maintains that a different understanding of power could help break the cycle of patriarchy-domination-marginalization so as to foster an improved relationship amongst men and women.  Power as empowerment, that is, ‘power to’ which focuses on power to do creative acts will shape such understanding and will redirect human relations to activities that pay attention to peoples’ capabilities.  This does not make gender irrelevant but shows that the destiny of persons in society should not be shaped by gender.   With power exercised as empowerment we will get less patriarchy and more equality.

Title: Seven Words with a Woman of Samaria: Dialogical and Dramatic Development of Christology in John 4
Author: Chukwuemeka Orji, SJ

(Nairobi: African Jesuit Publications, 2014), xv + 135 pages. ISBN 9966-7043-2-9.

 

chukwuemekasevenwordsIn the course of attracting and engaging with possible disciples, Jesus came in dialogue in chapter 4 of John's Gospel with one who described herself as "a woman of Samaria" (John 4, 9). This work studies this meeting at Jacob's well (John 4, 6) in Sychar, which is portrayed as providential, and, later, as precedence to the coming of some Greeks to "see Jesus" (John 12). The author suggests that the passage is set by the Evangelist as both starting point and turning point for the mission of the early Christians in Samaria (John 4; Acts 8). He thus recommends that this long text be read as a major step outside of Orthodox Judaism, an opening and proffering of the Good News to the Gentiles, to the nations or the rest of the world (cf. John 4, 42). As he shows, the conversation develops through the basic human thirst: water and love; yet, these are characteristic gifts of the Spirit in the Johannine concept. Water and love are thus life-giving, liberating, refreshing and issuing from a limitless spring-source, as the reader of this book is gradually led to discover.

 

 

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