Women and Religion in the First Christian Centuries / Edition 1

Women and Religion in the First Christian Centuries / Edition 1

by Deborah F. Sawyer
     
 

ISBN-10: 0415107490

ISBN-13: 9780415107495

Pub. Date: 10/15/1996

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

Women and Religion in the First Christian Centuries focuses on religion during the period of Roman imperial rule and its significance in women's lives. It discusses the rich variety of religious expression, from pagan cults and classical mythology to ancient Judaism and early Christianity, and the wide array of religious functions fulfilled by women. The author

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Women and Religion in the First Christian Centuries focuses on religion during the period of Roman imperial rule and its significance in women's lives. It discusses the rich variety of religious expression, from pagan cults and classical mythology to ancient Judaism and early Christianity, and the wide array of religious functions fulfilled by women. The author analyses key examples from each context, creating a vivid image of this crucial period which laid the foundations of western civilization. The study challenges the concepts of religion and of women in the light of post-modern critique. As such, it is an important contribution to contemporary gender theory. In its broad and interdisciplinary approach, this book will be of interest to students of early religion as well as those involved in cultural theory.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415107495
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
10/15/1996
Series:
Religion in the First Christian Centuries Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
200
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.45(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction1
1Ancient Rome and Women's Lives17
2Women within Judaism and Christianity32
3The Greco-Roman Imagination49
4Gods and Goddesses59
5The Religion of Jewish Women73
6From Diversity to Conformity91
7Magna Mater and the Vestal Virgins119
8Wisdom, Lilith and Mothers130
9Sisters in Christ or Daughters of Eve?146
Epilogue158
Notes160
Bibliography176
Index181

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