Women in the Earliest Churches

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This book examines the roles and functions that women assumed in the early Christian communities from AD 33 to the Council of Nicaea. It surveys, too, the views about women held by various New Testament authors including Paul and the Evangelists.

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"The most significant study to be written on the women question so far...No serious debate about the Biblical teaching on women can now take place without taking into account the range of material and conclusions in this book." Christian Book News

"It presents a full and impartial discussion of material which is often used selectively and polemically in contemporary debate." The Expository Times

"The best and fairest discussion of the horrendously controversial issue of the place of women in early Christianity." Journal of Ecclesiastical History

"Commendable for its thoroughness and rejection of ideological biases." Religious Studies Review

"...Witherington has written a thought-provoking work which affirms the validity of questioning traditional rules and doctrine about what is proper and allowable for women in the Christian ministry." Ohioana Quarterly

"By surveying a large amount of material and making use of original languages and texts, this book is a valuable attempt to bring to the discussion some balance and breadth of exegetical coverage without imposing twentieth-century categories on the biblical texts." Journal of the History of the Behavioral Sciences

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Table of Contents

Preface; Abbreviations; Introduction; 1. Women in first-century Mediterranean cultures; 2. Women and the physical family in the Pauline epistles; 3. Women and the family of faith in the Pauline epistles; 4. Women and the Third Evangelist; 5. Women in the churches of Matthew, Mark, and John; 6. Trajectories beyond the New Testament era; Conclusions; Notes; Bibliography.

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