When Women Were Priests: Women's Leadership in the Early Church and the Scandal of Their Subordination in

When Women Were Priests: Women's Leadership in the Early Church and the Scandal of Their Subordination in

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by Karen J. Torjesen, Karen Torjesen, Stuart J. Murphy
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0060686618

ISBN-13: 9780060686611

Pub. Date: 04/28/1995

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers

This landmark book reveals not only that women were priests, bishops, and prophets in early Christianity, but also how and why they were then suppressed.

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This landmark book reveals not only that women were priests, bishops, and prophets in early Christianity, but also how and why they were then suppressed.

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ISBN-13:
9780060686611
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
04/28/1995
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
288
Sales rank:
752,214
Product dimensions:
5.31(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.64(d)

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When Women Were Priests: Women's Leadership in the Early Church and the Scandal of Their Subordination in 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
ctfranklin28 More than 1 year ago
I decided to read this book after seeing listed in an EdX course ("arly Christianity: The Letters of Paul"). I knew that women played an important role in the Bible, but never really learned the history. This book was an excellent, scholarly approach to the study of the women in history. It went above and beyond my expectations!  In this book, I learned that the identities and roles of women was not as clear cut as I was led to believe. Women played powerful roles in the early church as patrons, teachers, and leaders; yet these roles also challenged societal expectations of women. These societal expectations (while seemingly fixed) were fluid. Women, in ancient times (for the most part) were to be seen and not heard. Despite this, we have the names of several women in the Bible, women who were listed as patrons of churches, patrons of public works, and leaders in religious organizations in their own right.  Torjesen's work in this book shows how our language and philosophy affected how society came to view women. She points out the discrepancies in the Bible where Paul says women should wear a veil, but in other places hold them at equal value before God. She points out how gender stereotypes grew (men were for the polis and women for the home) and how these influenced sexuality and identity (men were sexual beings who needed to control their desires through reason vs women who needed to be controlled because of their desires). This beliefs shaped the people back then and they still shape our perception of men and women today. This was a very powerful, intellectual book that I recommend to anyone interested in expanding their understanding of early Church history. It contains some college-level vocabulary, but has a relxaed and easygoing style that focuses on thought-provoking questions.