Mapping Gender in Ancient Religious Discourses

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Todd C. Penner, Caroline Vander Stichele
BRILL, 2007 - Religion - 580 pages
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This collection of essays focuses on issues related to gender at the intersection of religious discourses in antiquity. To that end, an array of traditions is analyzed with the aim of more fully situating the construction and representation of gender in early Christian, Jewish and Greco-Roman argumentation. Taken as a whole, these essays contribute to the goal of displaying the wide range of options that are available for examining the interconnection of gender, rhetoric, power, and ideology, especially as they relate to identity formation in the ancient world during the early centuries of the common era. The focus on ancient conceptions of gender makes this collection particularly useful not only for biblical scholars, but also for classicists and researchers working in the field of gender studies, as well as for those interested in exploring similar issues in other religious traditions or in Western religious traditions of different time periods.
 

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Contents

Initial Reflections on Gender and Ancient Religious Discourses Virginia Burrus
1
Greek Androgyny the Roman Imperial Politics of Masculinity and the Roman Invention of the Tribas Diana M Swancutt
11
Jewish Piety and Imperial Family Values Mary Rose DAngelo
63
Gender Power and the Construction of Heresy Kimberly B Stratton
89
Roman Imperial Ideology Gender Constructs and Pauls InterNationalism Davina C Lopez
115
The Rhetorical Function of 1 Corinthians 51011 and 6910 Fredrik Ivarsson
163
Masculinity and Empire in Marks Gospel and Xenophons An Ephesian Tale Eric Thurman
185
The Past and Present Power of Imperium Todd Penner and Caroline Vander Stichele
231
Gender in the Hekhalot Literature Rebecca Lesses
351
Preliminary Notes on Queer Theory and Rabbinic Literature Gwynn Kessler
389
Clements Bound Body Michel Desjardins
411
Sex Violence and the Apologies of Justin Martyr Jennifer Knust
431
Tertullians Rhetorical Construction of Gender and Ancient Christian Heresy Brad Windon
457
The Cult of Paideia in Lucians Alexander Erik Gunderson
479
Bibliography
511
Index of Primary Sources
547

The Adultery TypeScene and the Acts of Andrew Saundra Schwartz
267
The Rhetoric of the Maternal Body in the Passion of Perpetua Judith Perkins
313
Gender at Work in the Shadow of Empire Chris Frilingos
333
Index of Modern Authors
571
List of Contributors
579
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Todd Penner (Ph.D.) is the Gould H. and Marie Cloud Associate Professor in Religious Studies and Director of the Gender Studies Program at Austin College (Sherman, TX, USA). He has published on a variety of topics related to early Christianity, including, most recently, the book of Acts.
Caroline Vander Stichele (Ph.D.) is Senior Lecturer in Religious Studies at the University of Amsterdam. Her research focuses on the cultural reception of biblical characters and images and the rhetoric of gender in early Christian literature. Together they have co-edited three other collections of essays and co-authored a number of essays related to gender in early Christianity and to the Bible and film.

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