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Early Christian Women and Pagan Opinion The Power of the Hysterical Woman

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ISBN-10: 0521567289

ISBN-13: 9780521567282

Edition: 1996

Authors: Margaret Y. MacDonald

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The Greco-Roman belief that women were inclined towards excess in religion coloured the attitude of many pagan critics as is the case with the critic Celsus. The author examines how women were regarded in the early days of christianity.
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Book details

Copyright year: 1996
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 10/3/1996
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 292
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.748
Language: English

Defining the task
Women�s studies in early Christianity and cultural anthropology
Honour and shame
Public, male/ private, female
A social-scientific concept of power
Pagan Reaction to Early Christian Women in the Second Century CE: 1. Pliny
Marcus Cornelius Fronto
Lucius Apuleius
Lucian of Samosata
Galen of Pergamum
Celibacy, Women, and Early Church Responses to Public Opinion
Paul�s teaching on marriage as a �conversionist� response to the world
Paul�s focus on women holy in body and spirit in 1 Corinthians 7
A focus on women in light of the values of honor and shame
1 Timothy 5.3-16 - second-century celibate women under public scrutiny
When the private becomes public - contacts between 1 Timothy 5.3-16 and the Acts of Paul and Thecla
Marriage, Women, and Early Church Responses to Public Opinion
1 Corinthians 7.12-16 - the evangelising potential of household relations
1 Peter 3.1-16 - recovering the lives of the quiet evangelists
Justin�s woman married to an unchaste husband - religious sensiblities and life with a pagan husband
Married life and the social reality of women in the communities of Ignatius of Antioch
From Ephesians 5.21-33 to Ignatius, Letter to Polycarp 5.1-2 - the evolution of authority structures governing the lives of married women
The church-bride and married women as mediators between the church and the world
General conclusion