The Cult of Saint Thecla: A Tradition of Women's Piety in Late Antiquity

The Cult of Saint Thecla: A Tradition of Women's Piety in Late Antiquity

by Stephen J. Davis
     
 

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Thecla, a disciple of the apostle Paul, was perhaps the most celebrated female saint and 'martyr' among Christians in late antiquity. In examining the practices of Thecla's devotees in Asia Minor and Egypt, Stephen Davis shows that Thecla's cult was closely linked with communities of women as a means of empowerment.

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Thecla, a disciple of the apostle Paul, was perhaps the most celebrated female saint and 'martyr' among Christians in late antiquity. In examining the practices of Thecla's devotees in Asia Minor and Egypt, Stephen Davis shows that Thecla's cult was closely linked with communities of women as a means of empowerment.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"This is a welcome study in English of a widespread early

Church tradition, most of whose scholarship is in German.

This is a fascinating addition to our knowledge of the

Thelca cult...a valuable contribution."—Journal of Early


Christian Studies

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780199548712
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
11/15/2008
Series:
Oxford Early Christian Studies Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.90(d)

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Stephen J. Davis is Associate Professor of Religious Studies, Yale University.

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