When she published In Memory of Her: A Feminist Theological Reconstruction of Christian Origin in 1983, Elisabeth Schüssler Fiorenza revolutionized the world of New Testament studies. She offered in that book a method for interpreting early Christian history that recovers the role of women in pre-Pauline Christian communities. She then painted a portrait of the early Christian ekklesia of women as a point of departure for feminist biblical spirituality. Later works engaged such subjects as hermeneutics, the book of Revelation, and rhetoric and ethics.
The editors of this Festschrift all studied with Schüssler Fiorenza at the Harvard Divinity School and collected these essays to honor the leading feminist New Testament scholar in the world.