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Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780198867067
Number of Pages: 368
Published: 18/02/2021
Width: 16.5 cm
Height: 24 cm
This authoritative collection brings together the latest thinking on women's leadership in early Christianity. Patterns of Women's Leadership in Early Christianity considers the evidence for ways in which women exercised leadership in churches from the 1st to the 9th centuries CE. This rich and diverse volume breaks new ground in the study of women in early Christianity. This is not about working with one method, based on one type of feminist theory, but overall there is nevertheless a feminist or egalitarian agenda in considering the full equality of women with men in religious spheres a positive goal, with the assumption that this full equality has yet to be attained. The chapters revisit both older studies and offers new and unpublished research, exploring the many ways in which ancient Christian women's leadership could function.

Joan E. Taylor (Professor of Christian Origins and Second Temple Judaism, King's College London), Ilaria L. E. Ramelli (Professor of Theology and Senior Fellow, Professor of Theology and Kevin Britt Chair, Graduate School of Theology, Sacred Heart Major Seminary (Angelicum), Michigan, and Senior Research Fellow, University of Durham, University of Oxford, and Max-Weber-Colleg, Erfurt,)

Joan E. Taylor is Professor of Christian Origins and Second Temple Judaism at King's College London. Ilaria L. E. Ramelli is Professor of Theology (Durham, hon.; Angelicum; KUL); Senior Research Fellow and Member (Bonn University; Princeton; Erfurt MWK; Cambridge University).

This collection brings to light many pieces of evidence of how women exercised leadership from the first to the ninth century...This volume clearly shows that most of these leadership roles were not simply titular or honorific but involved actual practices in Christian ministry. * Christine Agina, Religious Studies Review * Through rigorous historical research across a range of disciplines, the authors of this collection have shown that there is more evidence for a wider range of roles available to ancient Christian women than we have sometimes been led to believe. * Clare Gardom, University of Oxford, Modern Believing * this volume is a valuable and significant collection of up-to-date historical evidence for a variety of forms of women's leadership in the early church from a diversity of sources * Susanna Drake, Church History *

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