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Women in Early Christianity: Translations from Greek Texts by Patricia Cox Millersourcebook brings together ancient Christian texts that elucidate how women were perceived and portrayed in the Greek literature written in the second to the sixth centuries. documentary sources such as church orders and proceedings, popular narrative sources such as the novelistic apocryphal acts, biographies and lives of saints, and theological treatises on virginity and marriage.
The Acts of Paul and Thecla by Jeremy W. Barriercritical introduction and commentary on the Acts of Paul and Thecla , to serve as a user-friendly starting point for anyone interested in entering into the many discussions and academic writings surrounding the Acts of Paul and Thecla . translation, textual notes and general comments, extensive introduction.
Christian Women during Late Antiquity
Household, Women, and Christianities in Late Antiquity and the Middle Ages by Anneke B. Mulder-BakkerBoth as God's house and as the dwellings of his monastic and other followers, the history of the church is in part that of an institution conceived as a household. In recent years, secular life and lifestyles in late antiquity and the Middle Ages have been illuminated through renewed attention to the economic and social history of households, while scholarship on women has produced studies of the lives and the devotional reading of laywomen and women religious.This volume is a pioneering collection that unites study of the household with women's religious practices as a focus of enquiry. It moves beyond consideration of the church's roles in women's history to the impact of women's householding on the history of the church. Online available.
Women in Late Antiquity : pagan and Christian life-styles by Gillian Clarkintroduction to the basic conditions of life for women: marriage, divorce, celibacy and prostitution; legal constraints and protection; child-bearing, health care, and medical theories; housing, housework, and clothes; and the general assumptions about female nature which were discarded at need. Christian and non-Christian literature, art, and archaeology are used to exemplify both the practicalities of life and the prevailing "discourses" of the ancient world. Online available.
Women and Modesty in Late Antiquity by Kate WilkinsonFocusing on the letters of advice to the women of the noble Anicia family, Kate Wilkinson argues that conventional descriptions of feminine modesty can reveal spaces of agency and self-formation in early Christian women's lives. Online available.
Mary and Early Christian Women by Ally Kateuszevidence that Mary was remembered as a powerful role model for women leaders--women apostles, baptizers, and presiders at the ritual meal. Early Christian art portrays Mary and other women clergy serving as deacon, presbyter/priest, and bishop.
Junia: The First Woman Apostle by Eldon Jay EppThe name "Junia" appears in Romans 16:7, and Paul identifies her (along with Andronicus) as "prominent among the apostles." investigates the disappearance of Junia from the traditions of the church.
The Oxford Handbook of Mary by Chris Maunderinterdisciplinary guide to Marian Studies: textual, literary, and media analysis; theology; Church history; art history; studies on devotion in a variety of forms; cultural history; folk tradition; gender analysis; apparitions and apocalypticism. Online available.
Origins of the Cult of the Virgin Mary by Chris Maunderchapters on the New Testament; the Catacombs; the Protevangelium of James; Mary and Goddess worship; the origin of Marian feasts and their Pagan connections; the Council of Ephesus; Mary as Wisdom; Marian Art. Online available.