Her Share of the Blessings Women's Religions among Pagans, Jews, and Christians in the Greco-Roman World

ISBN-10: 0195086708

ISBN-13: 9780195086706

Edition: 1992 (Reprint)

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Description: In this pathbreaking volume, Ross Shepard Kraemer provides the first comprehensive look at women's religions in Greco-Roman antiquity. She vividly recreates the religious lives of early Christian, Jewish, and pagan women, with many fascinating examples: Greek women's devotion to goddesses, rites of Roman matrons, Jewish women in rabbinic and diaspora communities, Christian women's struggles to exercise authority and autonomy, and women's roles as leaders in the full spectrum of Greco-Roman religions. In every case, Kraemer reveals the connections between the social constraints under which women lived, and their religious beliefs and practices. The relationship among female autonomy, sexuality, and religion emerges as a persistent theme. Analysing the monastic Jewish Therapeutae and various Christian communities, Kraemer demonstrates the paradoxical liberation which women achieved by rejection of sexuality, the body, and the female. In the epilogue, Kraemer pursues the disturbing implications such findings have for contemporary women. Based on an astonishing variety of primary sources, Her Share of the Blessings is an insightful work that goes beyond the limitations of previous scholarship to provide a more accurate portrait of women in the Greco-Roman world.

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Book details

List price: $34.99
Copyright year: 1992
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 1/20/1994
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 288
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.550
Language: English

Preface
Introduction
Women's Devotion to Ancient Greek Goddesses
Women's Devotion to Adonis
Women's Devotion to Dionysos
Rites of Roman Matrons
Women's Devotion to the Egyptian Goddess Isis in the Greco-Roman World
Women's Religious Offices in Greco-Roman Paganism
Jewish Women's Religious Lives in Rabbinic Sources
Jewish Women's Religious Lives and Offices in the Greco-Roman Diaspora
Autonomy, Prophecy, and Gender in Early Christianity
Heresy as Women's Religion: Women's Religion as Heresy
Women's Leadership and Offices in Christian Communities
Women's Religious Leadership and Offices in Retrospect
Epilogue: Toward a Theory of Women's Religions
Abbreviations
Notes
Ancient Sources and Translations
Bibliography
Index
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