A Woman's Place: House Churches in Earliest Christianity

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Fortress Press, Dec 1, 2009 - Religion - 345 pages
This focused look at women in the household context discusses the importance of issues of space and visibility in shaping the lives of early Christian women. Several aspects of women's everyday existence are investigated, including the lives of wives, widows, women with children, female slaves, women as patrons, household leaders, and teachers. In addition, several key themes emerge: hospitality, dining practices, and the extent of female segregation.
 

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Contents

Introduction
Dutiful and Less Than Dutiful Wives
13
Giving Birth Labor Nursing and the Care of Infants in HouseChurch Communities
46
Growing Up in HouseChurch Communities
64
Female Slaves Twice Vulnerable
91
Ephesians 5 and the Politics of Marriage
114
Women Leaders of Households and Christian Assemblies
140
Women Leaders in Family Funerary Banquets
160
Women as Agents of Expansion
216
Conclusion Discovering a Womans Place
240
Abbreviations
247
Notes
251
Bibliography
305
Index of Ancient Sources
327
Index of Modern Authors
334
Index of Subjects
337

Women Patrons in the Life of House Churches
190

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