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Women in the World of the Earliest Christians: Illuminating Ancient Ways of Life
Lynn Cohick provides an accurate and fulsome picture of the earliest Christian women by examining a wide variety of first-century Jewish and Greco-Roman documents that illuminate their lives. She organizes the book around three major spheres of life: family, religious community, and society in general. Cohick shows that although women during this period were active at all ...more
Paperback, 350 pages
Published November 1st 2009 by Baker Academic
(first published 2009)
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An excellent look into the reality of women in the first early centuries. Methodical, thorough & well sourced. The portraits described of real women living in these times often contradicts the generic gender norms we hear offered up about them today. At times the descriptions were heartbreaking (infants dying of exposure, women dying in childbirth, slaves & prostitutes having no recourse) -- yet other times the benefactors of communities, the professional/learned women & the strong m ...more