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Women and Christian Origins

Women and Christian Origins
Author: N/A
ISBN 13: 9780195103960
ISBN 10: 195103963
Edition: 1
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication Date: 1999-02-11
Format: Paperback
Pages: 416
List Price: $38.95

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

Library Journal

Intended as introductory or supplementary, these 14 essays explore recent scholarship concerning women in early Christianity. While providing some new analysis, the essays compiled by Kraemer (Judaic studies, Univ. of Pennsylvania) and D'Angelo (theology, Univ. of Notre Dame) are primarily critical review essays of the issues and approaches to religious studies. Areas covered include women's roles in ancient Mediterranean Jewish and Greco-Roman cultures, analysis of the Gospels and Pauline texts, and the use of early Christian texts from the gnostic gospels to fourth-century apostolic constitutions and disciplinary canons. As introductory texts, the essays vary widely, some providing detailed explanations of scholarly terms and traditions (such as the Q document), others assuming a greater base knowledge. The tone of the writing tends toward the dry and scholarly, but issues are clearly presented and arguments well reasoned. They are complemented by a bibliography current enough to include 1997 publications. Recommended for larger public and academic libraries.--Jan Blodgett, Davidson Coll., NC