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This new collection of fourteen integrated, original essays by prominent scholars and experienced teachers provides a comprehensive and accessible entree to current research on women and the origins of Christianity. Engaging for both the interested reader and the specialist in religion, Women and Christian Origins is sensitive to feminist theory and attentive to distinctions between the (re)construction of women's history in early Christian churches and ancient constructions of gender difference
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"The original essays in this collection offer a comprehensive scan of the role of women and attitudes to women in the various New Testament books and their cultural context....The value of this work is its scope in viewing the whole span of New Testament traditions from a feminist perspective."--The Bible Today

"This anthology is a model of comparative, critical scholarship. With shrewd sensitivity to questions of gender analysis, textual exegesis and historical method, the authors canvass a broad range of material--pagan, Jewish, and Christian; literary and archaeological--to assess the roles of women, imagined and actual, in various ancient Christian communities. No orthodoxy, ecclesiastical, academic, or feminist, emerges unchallenged. Kraemer, D'Angelo and their colleagues deserve our warm thanks. Bravissima!"--Paula Fredricksen, Boston University

"This superb collection will be an ideal text book for undergraduate and seminary courses on the history of early Christian women. Both students and scholars will appreciate the lucid overviews of the results of over two decades of intensive feminist research on early Christian women. The authors present their material honestly and fairly without the apologetic tendencies that characterize some Christian treatments of women in the New Testament. The attention to the Jewish and other neighbors of early Christian women continues the valuable inter religious model pioneered by Kraemer in her earlier works."--Bernadette J. Brooten, Brandeis University

"Congratulations to Ross Kraemer and Mary Rose DAngelo for giving us this excellent collection of critical, incisive, and diverse essays. We are all in their debt."--Elaine Pagels, Princeton University

"An outstanding collection of articles by informed women scholars."--Edgar Krentz, Lutheran School of Theology

Library Journal
Intended as introductory or supplementary, these 14 essays explore recent scholarship concerning women in early Christianity. While providing some new analysis, the essays compiled by Kraemer Judaic studies, Univ. of Pennsylvania and D'Angelo theology, Univ. of Notre Dame are primarily critical review essays of the issues and approaches to religious studies. Areas covered include women's roles in ancient Mediterranean Jewish and Greco-Roman cultures, analysis of the Gospels and Pauline texts, and the use of early Christian texts from the gnostic gospels to fourth-century apostolic constitutions and disciplinary canons. As introductory texts, the essays vary widely, some providing detailed explanations of scholarly terms and traditions such as the Q document, others assuming a greater base knowledge. The tone of the writing tends toward the dry and scholarly, but issues are clearly presented and arguments well reasoned. They are complemented by a bibliography current enough to include 1997 publications. Recommended for larger public and academic libraries.--Jan Blodgett, Davidson Coll., NC
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195103960
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 1/28/1999
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 416
  • Sales rank: 869,235
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

About the Contributors
Introduction 3
1 Women's Lives in the Ancient Mediterranean 13
2 Jewish Women and Christian Origins: Some Caveats 35
3 Jewish Women and Women's Judaism(s) at the Beginning of Christianity 50
4 Women's Religions and Religious Lives in the Greco-Roman City 80
5 Reconstructing "Real" Women in Gospel Literature: The Case of Mary Magdalene 105
6 (Re)Presentations of Women in the Gospels: John and Mark 129
7 Women in the Q Communit(ies) and Traditions 150
8 (Re)Presentations of Women in the Gospel of Matthew and Luke-Acts 171
9 Reading Real Women Through the Undisputed Letters of Paul 199
10 Paul on Women and Gender 221
11 Rereading Paul: Early Interpreters of Paul on Women and Gender 236
12 Women, Gender, and Gnosis in Gnostic Texts and Traditions 257
13 Women, Ministry, and Church Order in Early Christianity 300
14 Women as Sources of Redemption and Knowledge in Early Christian Traditions 330
Abbreviations 355
Comprehensive Bibliography 357
Index of Ancient Sources Cited 381
Index of Names 393
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