Holy Women Of The Syrian Orient

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The fifteen hagiographies about holy women of the Syrian Orient collected here include stories of martyrs' passions and saints' lives, pious romances and personal reminiscences. Dating from the fourth to seventh centuries A.D., they are translated from Syriac into accessible and vivid prose. Annotations and source notes by the translators help clarify elements that may be unfamiliar to some readers. This collection bears witness to the profound contributions women made to early Chistianity: their various roles, ...
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The fifteen hagiographies about holy women of the Syrian Orient collected here include stories of martyrs' passions and saints' lives, pious romances and personal reminiscences. Dating from the fourth to seventh centuries A.D., they are translated from Syriac into accessible and vivid prose. Annotations and source notes by the translators help clarify elements that may be unfamiliar to some readers. This collection bears witness to the profound contributions women made to early Chistianity: their various roles, their leadership inside and outside the church structure, and their power to influence others. A new preface discusses recent developments in the field and updates the bibliography.
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Sebastian P. Brock is Reader in Syriac Studies at the Oriental Institute at Oxford and is the author of The Luminous Eye: The Spiritual World Vision of Saint Ephrem (Kalamazoo, 1992). Susan Ashbrook Harvey is Associate Professor of Religious Studies at Brown University and author of Asceticism and Society in Crisis: John of Ephesus and the Lives of the Eastern Saints (California, 1990).
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Table of Contents

Note on the Translations and Acknowledgments
Abbreviations
Map
Preface to the Paperback Edition
Updated Bibliography on Women in Syriac Christianity
Introduction 1
1 Mary, the Niece of Abraham of Qidun 27
2 Pelagia of Antioch 40
3 Persian Martyrs 63
A Martha 67
B Tarbo 73
C Martyrs of Karka d-Beth Slokh (Kirkuk) 77
D History of Karka d-Beth Slokh 77
E Thekla and Companions 78
F Anahid 82
4 Women Martyrs of Najran 100
A From Simeon of Beth Arsham's Second Letter 105
B From the Book of the Himyarites 115
5 From the Lives of the Eastern Saints, by John of Ephesus 122
A Mary and Euphemia 124
B Susan 133
6 Anastasia 142
7 Febronia 150
8 Shirin 177
Bibliography and Sources 183
Index of Names 195
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