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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. 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.
|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|