Women and Religion in the First Christian Centuries by Deborah F. Sawyer

By Deborah F. Sawyer

Ladies and faith within the First Christian Centuries makes a speciality of faith throughout the interval of Roman imperial rule and its importance in women's lives. Discussing the wealthy number of non secular expression, from pagan cults and classical mythology to old Judaism and early Christianity, and the large choice of non secular services fulfilled by way of girls, the writer analyzes key examples from each one context, making a brilliant snapshot of this important interval which laid the principles of Western civilization.

This research demanding situations the techniques of faith and of ladies within the gentle of postmodern critique. As such, it truly is a massive contribution to modern gender thought. In its wide and interdisciplinary technique, this e-book could be of curiosity to scholars of early faith in addition to these drawn to cultural thought.

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Therefore, where a married man has sexual relations with an unmarried woman the offence is not adultery. If, however, the unmarried woman is still attached to her father’s household, rather than being a household slave, or a foreign prostitute, then an offence would have been committed against her father. The penalty for adultery was severe, death for both parties. 39 THE SETTING—ANCIENT GREECE AND HELLENIZATION In this section describing the context of women in Israelite society we have been using mostly biblical material.

107 For these God-fearers Pauline Christianity offered a viable option: full membership without circumcision with many of the attractions of Judaism. From the time of the separation of Judaism and Christianity, by the end of the first century CE, converts to Christianity were predominantly non-Jewish, and as it entered the second century Christianity was an independent religion of the GrecoRoman world. The vast majority of the evidence we have for Christianity exists in the form of confessional material.

In addressing the phenomenon of Judaism in the Greco-Roman world, we have to begin with an apology since we are going to grant this religion more space than its size or influence at the time of Rome’s late Republic and early Empire warrants. There are three reasons for this deliberate distortion of balance: first, the unique quality of its notions and practices among its contemporary belief systems and cults attract note; and, second, its enduring influence down to the present day. Finally, as the parent religion of Christianity it occupies the unique position of having given birth during late antiquity to the subsequent monolithic religion of the Roman Empire.

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