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Early Christian Women and Pagan Opinion: The Power of the Hysterical Woman
The respectability of women is seen in a new light when one appreciates that outsiders focused on early church women and their activities as a reflection of the group as a whole. This text reveals the conviction of pagan writers that female initiative was central to Christianity's development.
Paperback, 292 pages
Published January 31st 2005 by Cambridge University Press
(first published 1996)
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Aug 31, 2011 Katie rated it really liked it
Really fascinating book. Margaret MacDonald explores the frequency with which pagan critiques of early Christianity focused on the place of women in religion, especially the tendency for Christian women to act in ways that seemed to threaten the Greco/Roman social structure. MacDonald makes fairly extensive use of cultural anthropology (especially ideas involving honor/shame, public/private, and authority/power) and illustrates a world in which non-Christians were very antagonistic to what they ...more