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Deaconesses: An Historical Study
Aime Georges Martimort Since the 17th century the history of deaconesses in the Church has been the subject of numerous monographs. What is most evident about the history of deaconesses, however, is how complex the whole subject is. In this exhaustive and thoroughly researched work, Martimort presents a very readable analysis that has become the standard study of the role ...more
Paperback, 268 pages
Published December 1st 1986 by Ignatius Press
(first published October 1986)
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One of the most meticulous works of scholarship I have seen. The subject is narrow and the research is thorough. Martimort examines the office of deaconess from the post-apostolic era to the late middle ages. A majority of the work is devoted to the early church through the tenth century. The reason for this is that the office had disappeared by the Middle Ages due to the rise of nuns and other factors. He is Roman Catholic, but he examines the history of the deaconess in both Western/Latin and ...more
Very helpful. Careful scholarship. The only complaint is that in the last 30-50 pages, there are several blocks of untranslated Latin from which he draws points and deductions. This isn't the meat of the text, and one can still follow the argument. Nonetheless, it is still a tad annoying! But, I imagine that's what you get with a book written primarily for Catholic scholars. On the aspect of bias in his research, I think one can simply say that Martimort is careful and doesn't let his agenda ...more