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A modest apostle : Thecla and the history of women in the early church

Author: Susan Hylen
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, [2015]
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"Scholars and mainline pastors tell a familiar narrative about the roles of women in the early church--that women held leadership roles and exercised some authority in the church, but, with the establishment of formal institutional roles, they were excluded from active leadership. Evidence of women's leadership is either described as 'exceptional' or relegated to (so-called) heretical groups, who differed with  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
History
Named Person: Thecla, Saint.; Thecla, Saint.; Thekla, helgon.; Thekla, Märtyrerin
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Susan Hylen
ISBN: 9780190243821 0190243821
OCLC Number: 905518168
Description: xiii, 182 pages ; 25 cm
Contents: Virtuous, active women in the Greco-Roman world --
1 Timothy --
The Acts of Paul and Thecla --
The reception of Thecla in the early church.
Responsibility: Susan E. Hylen.
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A Modest Apostle studies women's leadership in the early church. Susan Hylen argues that complex cultural norms for women's behavior encouraged both the modesty and leadership of women, as  Read more...

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