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Martha from the Margins: The Authority of Martha in Early Christian Tradition
     

Martha from the Margins: The Authority of Martha in Early Christian Tradition

by Allie Ernst, Allie M. Ernst
 

ISBN-10: 9004174907

ISBN-13: 9789004174900

Pub. Date: 06/24/2009

Publisher: Brill Academic Publishers, Inc.

In the popular imagination Martha has become synonymous with the harried housewife, fretting over excessive preparations. The Martha known to early Christians is far removed from this stereotype. Martha was better known for her role in the story of the raising of Lazarus and as apostle and witness of the resurrection. This book gathers and assesses the early

Overview

In the popular imagination Martha has become synonymous with the harried housewife, fretting over excessive preparations. The Martha known to early Christians is far removed from this stereotype. Martha was better known for her role in the story of the raising of Lazarus and as apostle and witness of the resurrection. This book gathers and assesses the early traditions about Martha in text, liturgy and iconography. It shows that the significance of Martha has been seriously underestimated and recovers an important and widespread tradition of Martha as apostle and authority figure for early Christians. The analysis of Martha traditions with attention to issues of gender and authority render this book an important contribution to studies on women in early Christianity.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9789004174900
Publisher:
Brill Academic Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
06/24/2009
Series:
Vigiliae Christianae, Supplements Series , #98
Pages:
369
Product dimensions:
6.50(w) x 9.70(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Preface
Acknowledgements
List of Abbreviations

1. Retrieving Martha from the Margins

2. A Second Peter? Martha in the Gospel of John

3. A different tomb, a different story: The Epistula Apostolorum

4. Apostola Apostolorum: Hippolytus on the Song of Songs

5. Singing a new song: Martha in liturgy and hymnody

6. Picturing the myrrhophore

7. Martha, diakonia and the Gospel of Luke

8. A Eucharistic ministry for Martha: The Apostolic Church Order and the Acts of Philip

9. Martha as authority figure for early Christian groups

10. Gathering the strands

Bibliography
Appendix
Indices

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