Patterns of Women's Leadership in Early Christianity

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Joan E. Taylor, Ilaria L. E. Ramelli
  • Oxford: 
    Oxford University Press
    , April
     368 pages.
     For other formats: Link to Publisher's Website.
Review coming soon!

Review by Alistair Stewart forthcoming.


This authoritative collection brings together the latest thinking on women's leadership in early Christianity. Patterns of Women's Leadership in Early Christianity considers the evidence for ways in which women exercised leadership in churches from the 1st to the 9th centuries CE. This rich and diverse volume breaks new ground in the study of women in early Christianity. This is not about working with one method, based on one type of feminist theory, but overall there is nevertheless a feminist or egalitarian agenda in considering the full equality of women with men in religious spheres a positive goal, with the assumption that this full equality has yet to be attained. The chapters revisit both older studies and offers new and unpublished research, exploring the many ways in which ancient Christian women's leadership could function.

About the Author(s)/Editor(s)/Translator(s): 

Joan E. Taylor is professor of Christian origins and Second Temple Judaism at King's College London.

Ilaria L. E. Ramelli is professor of theology at Durham, hon.; Angelicum; KUL; and senior research fellow and member at Bonn University; Princeton; Erfurt MWK; Cambridge University.


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