Her Share of the Blessings: Women's Religions among Pagans, Jews, and Christians in the Greco-Roman World / Edition 1

Her Share of the Blessings: Women's Religions among Pagans, Jews, and Christians in the Greco-Roman World / Edition 1

by Ross Shepard Kraemer
     
 

ISBN-10: 0195086708

ISBN-13: 9780195086706

Pub. Date: 01/28/1994

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

In this pathbreaking volume, Ross Shepard Kraemer provides the first comprehensive look at women's religions in Greco-Roman antiquity. She vividly recreates the religious lives of early Christian, Jewish, and pagan women, with many fascinating examples: Greek women's devotion to goddesses, rites of Roman matrons, Jewish women in rabbinic and diaspora

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In this pathbreaking volume, Ross Shepard Kraemer provides the first comprehensive look at women's religions in Greco-Roman antiquity. She vividly recreates the religious lives of early Christian, Jewish, and pagan women, with many fascinating examples: Greek women's devotion to goddesses, rites of Roman matrons, Jewish women in rabbinic and diaspora communities, Christian women's struggles to exercise authority and autonomy, and women's roles as leaders in the full spectrum of Greco-Roman religions. In every case, Kraemer reveals the connections between the social constraints under which women lived, and their religious beliefs and practices.
The relationship among female autonomy, sexuality, and religion emerges as a persistent theme. Analyzing the monastic Jewish Therapeutae and various Christian communities, Kraemer demonstrates the paradoxical liberation which women achieved by rejection of sexuality, the body, and the female. In the epilogue, Kraemer pursues the disturbing implications such findings have for contemporary women.
Based on an astonishing variety of primary sources, Her Share of the Blessings is an insightful work that goes beyond the limitations of previous scholarship to provide a more accurate portrait of women in the Greco-Roman world.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195086706
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
01/28/1994
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
288
Sales rank:
1,334,319
Product dimensions:
8.00(w) x 5.25(h) x 0.63(d)
Lexile:
1670L (what's this?)

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Table of Contents

Preface
1Introduction3
2Women's Devotion to Ancient Greek Goddesses22
3Women's Devotion to Adonis30
4Women's Devotion to Dionysos36
5Rites of Roman Matrons50
6Women's Devotion to the Egyptian Goddess Isis in the Greco-Roman World71
7Women's Religious Offices in Greco-Roman Paganism80
8Jewish Women's Religious Lives in Rabbinic Sources93
9Jewish Women's Religious Lives and Offices in the Greco-Roman Diaspora106
10Autonomy, Prophecy, and Gender in Early Christianity128
11Heresy as Women's Religion: Women's Religion as Heresy157
12Women's Leadership and Offices in Christian Communities174
13Women's Religious Leadership and Offices in Retrospect191
Epilogue: Toward a Theory of Women's Religions199
Abbreviations209
Notes211
Ancient Sources and Translations248
Bibliography253
Index269

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