Women and Christianity: The First Thousand Years

Women and Christianity: The First Thousand Years

by Mary T. Malone
     
 

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ISBN-10: 1570753660

ISBN-13: 9781570753664

Pub. Date: 03/28/2001

Publisher: Orbis Books

The history of Christianity reveals a great ambivalence towards women. On the one hand, women have been included, graced, called, inspired and canonized by Christianity throughout the centuries. On the other hand, women have not always felt appreciated within the Christian tradition and have indeed often been excluded and even oppressed.

Women & Christianity brings

Overview

The history of Christianity reveals a great ambivalence towards women. On the one hand, women have been included, graced, called, inspired and canonized by Christianity throughout the centuries. On the other hand, women have not always felt appreciated within the Christian tradition and have indeed often been excluded and even oppressed.

Women & Christianity brings to light both the persistent courage and the innovative quality of women's lives. Dr. Malone's perspective not only offers a critical analysis of previous conventional histories, but emphasizes the importance of women's contributions to the creation of Western culture.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781570753664
Publisher:
Orbis Books
Publication date:
03/28/2001
Pages:
280
Sales rank:
438,527
Product dimensions:
5.30(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Dateline7
Introduction13
Part 1New Testament Times (First Century)
Chapter 1Reading Women into History17
Chapter 2The Women Disciples43
Chapter 3Early Christian Women64
Chapter 4Women in Apocryphal and Gnostic Literature86
Part 2Approaching the 'Golden Age' (Second to Fifth Centuries)
Chapter 5Women Martyrs102
Chapter 6Deaconesses, Widows, and Virgins117
Chapter 7The Life of Virginity144
Part 3Into the Dark Ages (Sixth to Tenth Centuries)
Chapter 8The Abbesses172
Chapter 9Women as Monastic Missionaries198
Chapter 10The Point of the Story: Joan and Hroswitha227
Conclusion244
Select Bibliography248
Primary Sources256
Notes258
Index of People and Places273

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