Women on Women of Antiquity

A few good books on the subject . . .

A Short and Eclectic Bibliography of Works by Women on Women in Christian Antiquity

Elizabeth Ann Clark, Women in the Early Church (Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 1983)

Susan Ashbrook Harvey and Sebastian P. Brock, Holy Women of the Syrian Orient (Berkeley and Los Angeles: University of California Press, 1987)

Deborah F. Sawyer, Women and Religion in the First Christian Centuries (Routledge: 1996)

Lynda L. Coon, Sacred Fictions: Holy Women and Hagiography in Late Antiquity (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1997)

    the lives of the early sainted women are of tremendous rhetorical interest, which qualifies the way they may be read as historical sources – but which tells us a great deal about the way the world is being depicted from the perspective of the hagiographers — and their pupils (in some cases, us).

Ross Shepard Kraemer and Mary Rose D’Angelo, eds, Women and Christian Origins (Oxford University Press, 1999)

Ute E. Eisen, Women Officeholders in Early Christianity: Epigraphical and Literary Studies, (Collegeville, MN: The Liturgical Press, 2000)

    using an archaeological method, reconstructs the often suppressed or contended history of women officeholders in the early church, concluding that women did hold and exercise a wide range of offices.

Jennifer A. Glancy, Slavery in Early Christianity (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002)

    Glancy pays special attention to gender and the treatment of the body, metaphorically and practically, in the practices and rhetoric around slavery in early Christianity

Gay L. Byron, Symbolic Blackness and Ethnic Difference in Early Christian Literature (Routledge, 2002)

    Katie Geneva Cannon lecturer Gay L. Byron finds intersections of gender and sexuality in her investigation of the rhetorical use of race and color thematics in early Christian literature.

Joan E. Taylor, Jewish Women Philosophers of First-Century Alexandria: Philo’s ‘Therapeutae’ Reconsidered (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2003)

    offers new arguments on the significance of this educated group and their relationship to the Alexandrian school of textual interpretation.

Patricia Cox Miller, Women in early Christianity: translations from Greek texts (Catholic University of America Press, 2005)

    A comprehensive selection of primary sources in translation, edited by Patricia Cox Miller,
    whose other work focuses on imagination in the ancient world. (See e.g., Dreams in Late Antiquity: Studies in the Imagination of a Culture and The Corporeal Imagination: Signifying the Holy in Late Antiquity)

Lynn Cohick, Women in the World of the Earliest Christians: Illuminating Ancient Ways of Life (Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2009)

    argues that status as much as gender shaped the daily realities of 1st century women’s lives. Cohick notes that this ought not to astonish us; see, e.g., her response to remarks by Albert Mohler at her.meneutics

Gail Corrington Streete, Redeemed Bodies: Women Martyrs in Early Christianity (Louisville: Westminster John Knox Press, 2009)

    examines the responses to martyrdom, in the context of early Christianity, with reflections on the meaning of martyrdom and its intersection with gender and family, in contemporary US culture.

Virginia Burrus, ed. Late Ancient Christianity (Grand Rapids: Augsburg, 2010)

    a look at everyday life in late antiquity, edited by a scholar whose own work includes The Making of a Heretic: Gender, Authority, and the Priscillianist Controversy, The Sex Lives of Saints: An Erotics of Ancient Hagiography, Saving Shame: Martyrs, Saints, and Other Abject Subjects, and a collaboration on Augustine with Mark D. Jordan and Karmen McKendrick, Seducing Augustine: Bodies, Desires, Confessions

Happy Women’s History Month reading, everyone!

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Ha_Qohelet is a transliteration of Hebrew definite article plus a feminine participle, all together meaning "the (feminine) one who assembles" or who calls together. Qohelet is the title of one of the books of the Hebrew Scripture, known in English as Ecclesiastes. The Women's Center at LPTS feels the epithet of Qohelet is a fitting one for what we do and are. The Women's Center is, indeed, a caller-together, a caller-to-wisdom, and an assembler -- of people, of ideas, of actions, and ultimately, we hope, of transformations in the world. In this context, Ha_Qohelet is the Director of the Women's Center, and Editor-in-Chief of Wimminwise.

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