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Love Between Women: Early Christian Responses to Female Homoeroticism

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Love Between Women examines female homoeroticism and the role of women in the ancient Roman world. Employing an unparalleled range of cultural sources, Brooten finds evidence of marriages between women and establishes that condemnations of female homoerotic practices were based on widespread awareness of love between women.

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Paperback, 446 pages
Published November 1st 1998 by University of Chicago Press (first published January 1st 1996)
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Oct 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A must read for anyone interested in reconstructing women’s history and attitudes towards female homoeroticism in the ancient world and early Christianity. Brooten has an in-depth study of Romans 1 which is quite helpful.
Ronel
Sep 05, 2011 is currently reading it
I am very curious about this one. Growing up in a conservative, Protestant family, one is exposed to a couple of verses in the Bible which condems homosexuality. No one ever bothered to explain the historical, social and political context in which these verses were written.

Will keep you posted :)
Kevin
Jan 14, 2013 rated it really liked it
This book is a great treatment of homoeroticism in ancient literature from a specifically female perspective (most books on homoeroticism are male-oriented, with occasional reference to same-sex love between women). This book includes two parts: the first part focuses on texts describing same-sex love between women in the classical world, while the second focuses heavily on Romans 1:18-32 and how ancient church theologians utilized that text (and other texts from the Greco-Roman world) to discus ...more
Drianne
Mar 21, 2015 rated it liked it
Definitely had things I had not read before, although I wish it had also gathered literary sources instead of simply referring to others' (primarily Judy Hallett's) work. I, uh, didn't read the second half, not being interested particularly in the early Christians.
Rob
Jan 30, 2008 rated it really liked it
A great scholarly approach by a great feminist scholar.
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