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This new collection of fourteen integrated, original essays by prominent scholars and experienced teachers provides a comprehensive and accessible entree to current research on women and the origins of Christianity. Engaging for both the interested reader and the specialist in religion, Women and Christian Origins is sensitive to feminist theory and attentive to distinctions between the (re)construction of women's history in early Christian churches and ancient constructions of gender difference
Kathleen Corley challenges the assumption that Jesus himself fought patriarchal limitations on women. Rather the analysis of his authentic teaching suggests that while Jesus critiques class and slave/free distinctions in his culture, his critique did not extend to unequal gender distinctions.
Kathleen Corley continues her examination of women's roles at the beginnings of Christianity with groundbreaking new study of women's funerary rituals and lament customs in the ancient Roman world. She finds in these rituals important connections with Gospel accounts of women's visits to the tomb of Jesus and of his resurrection "on the third day." Examining texts, catacomb art and inscriptions, she articulates a new and exciting role for women mourners at the heart of Christian origins.
More than ten years after it was first published, this book is as important and influential as when it first appeared. By way of celebration, Elisabeth Schussler Fiorenza has written a new introduction, surveying responses and developments over recent years and the issues which arise from them, and commenting on her own intentions. This gives added value to what is already a classic.
This landmark book reveals not only that women were priests, bishops, and prophets in early Christianity, but also how and why they were then suppressed.
This focused look at women in the household context discusses the importance of issues of space and visibility in shaping the lives of early Christian women. Several aspects of women's everyday existence are investigated, including the lives of wives, widows, women with children, female slaves, women as patrons, household leaders, and teachers. In addition, several key themes emerge: hospitality, dining practices, and the extent of female segregation.

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