Women in the Earliest Churches
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Paperback / softback
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Number of Pages: 316
Width: 14 cm
Height: 21.6 cm
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. In a careful and judicious study, Ben Witherington shows that early Christianity was neither unreservedly patriarchal nor adamantly feminist in its view of women and their roles, but rather charted a middle course which combined a reforming of the predominantly patriarchal framework of society with an affirmation of new religious roles for women. Now available in paperback, this is the first book to survey such a large amount of material exegetically, and make use, at the same time, of original languages and texts.
'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 '. Religious Studies Review