Patterns of Women's Leadership in Early Christianity

ISBN : 9780198867067

Joan E. Taylor; Ilaria L. E. Ramelli
368 ページ
156 x 234 mm

This authoritative collection brings together the latest thinking on women's leadership in early Christianity. Patterns of Women's Leadership in Early Christianity considers the evidence for ways in which women exercised leadership in churches from the 1st to the 9th centuries CE. This rich and diverse volume breaks new ground in the study of women in early Christianity. This is not about working with one method, based on one type of feminist theory, but overall there is nevertheless a feminist or egalitarian agenda in considering the full equality of women with men in religious spheres a positive goal, with the assumption that this full equality has yet to be attained. The chapters revisit both older studies and offers new and unpublished research, exploring the many ways in which ancient Christian women's leadership could function.


List of Figures
List of Maps
List of Abbreviations
List of Contributors
Joan E. Taylor and Ilaria L E. Ramelli: Introduction
1 Joan E. Taylor: Male-Female Missionary Pairings among Jesus' Disciples: Some Further Considerations
2 Ilaria L.E. Ramelli: Colleagues of Apostles, Presbyters, and Bishops: Women Syzygoi in Ancient Christian Communities
3 Harry Maier: The Entrepreneurial Widows of 1 Timothy
4 Margaret Butterfield: Sacred Intercessors: Widows as Altar in Polycarp, Philippians
5 Piotr Ashwin-Siejkowski: The Image of the Feminine in the Gospel of Philip: An Innovative Assimilation of Paul's Gender Legacy in the Valentinian Milieu
6 Nicola Denzey Lewis: Women in Gnosticism
7 Markus Vinzent: More 'Holy Women' in Early Christianity: The Gospels of Mary and Marcion
8 William Tabbernee: Women Officeholders in Montanism
9 Teresa Berger: Women's Liturgical Practices and Leadership Roles in Early Christian Communities
10 John Wijngaards: Women Deacons in Ancient Christian Communities: Leadership and Ordination
11 Karl Olav Sandnes: Eudocia's Homeric Cento and the Woman Anointing Jesus: An Example of Female Authority
12 Ally Kateusz and Luca Badini Confalonieri: Women Church Leaders in and around Fifth-Century Rome
13 Kevin J. Madigan: The Meaning of Presbytera in Byzantine and Early Medieval Christianity
14 Joan E. Taylor: Gendered Space: Eusebius on the Therapeutae and the 'Megiddo Church'


Joan E. Taylor is Professor of Christian Origins and Second Temple Judaism at King's College London. ; Ilaria L. E. Ramelli is Professor of Theology (Durham, hon.; Angelicum; KUL); Senior Research Fellow and Member (Bonn University; Princeton; Erfurt MWK; Cambridge University).