Women and Religion in the First Christian Centuries / Edition 1

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Overview

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. Discussing 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 analyzes key examples from each context, creating a vivid image of this crucial period which laid the foundations of Western civilization.

This 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 interested in cultural theory.

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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
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 200
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.45 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 1
1 Ancient Rome and Women's Lives 17
2 Women within Judaism and Christianity 32
3 The Greco-Roman Imagination 49
4 Gods and Goddesses 59
5 The Religion of Jewish Women 73
6 From Diversity to Conformity 91
7 Magna Mater and the Vestal Virgins 119
8 Wisdom, Lilith and Mothers 130
9 Sisters in Christ or Daughters of Eve? 146
Epilogue 158
Notes 160
Bibliography 176
Index 181
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