Christian Women in the Patristic World: Their Influence, Authority, and Legacy in the Second through Fifth Centuries

Lynn H. Cohick and Amy Brown Hughes

Christian Women in the Patristic World: Their Influence, Authority, and Legacy in the Second through Fifth Centuries
Christian Women in the Patristic World: Their Influence, Authority, and Legacy in the Second through Fifth Centuries

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From facing wild beasts in the arena to governing the Roman Empire, Christian women--as preachers and philosophers, martyrs and empresses, virgins and mothers--influenced the shape of the church in its formative centuries.

Christian Women in the Patristic World provides in a single volume a nearly complete compendium of extant evidence about Christian women in the second through fifth centuries. Through a careful examination of literary and material evidence, the book highlights the social and theological contributions women made to shaping early Christian beliefs and practices, integrating their influence into the history of the patristic church and showing how their achievements can be edifying for contemporary Christians.

  • Contents
  • Introduction
  • 1. Thecla: Christian Female Protomartyr and Virgin of the Church
  • 2. Perpetua and Felicitas: Mothers and Martyrs
  • 3. Christian Women in Catacomb Art
  • 4. From Pagan to Christian, Martyr to Ascetic
  • 5. Helena Augusta, "Mother of the Empire"
  • 6. Egeria's Itinerary and Christian Pilgrimage
  • 7. Macrina the Ascetic Entrepreneur and the "Unlearned" Wisdom of Monica
  • 8. Paula, Marcella, and the Melanias: Ascetics, Scholars, and Compatriots in Controversy
  • 9. Aelia Pulcheria, "Protectress of the Empire," and Empress Eudocia, a Theological Poet
  • Conclusion: Responsibly Remembering
  • Indexes


Pages: 336
Publisher: Baker Academic
Published: 2017
ISBN-10: 080103955X
ISBN-13: 9780801039553

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