A Woman's Place: House Churches in Earliest Christianity

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Fortress Press, Dec 1, 2009 - Religion - 345 pages
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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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I absolutely loved this book. It was intriguing and offensive in places, but it lets us know how far women have come in society. I got it for a class, but it has really been enlightening

Contents

Introduction
1
Dutiful and Less Than Dutiful Wives
17
Giving Birth Labor Nursing and the Care of Infants in HouseChurch Communities
50
Growing Up in HouseChurch Communities
68
Female Slaves Twice Vulnerable
95
Ephesians 5 and the Politics of Marriage
118
Women Leaders of Households and Christian Assemblies
144
Women Leaders in Family Funerary Banquets
164
Women as Agents of Expansion
220
Conclusion Discovering a Womans Place
244
Abbreviations
251
Notes
255
Bibliography
309
Index of Ancient Sources
331
Index of Modern Authors
338
Index of Subjects
341

Women Patrons in the Life of House Churches
194

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