Christian Women in the Patristic World

Lynn H. Cohick and Amy Brown Hughes Christian Women in the Patristic World : their influence, authority, and legacy in the second through fifth centuries GrandRapids, MI : Baker Academic, 2017Christian Women cover

“From facing wild beasts in the arena to governing the Roman Empire, Christian women–as preachers and philosophers, martyrs and empresses, virgins and mothers — influenced the shape of the church in its formative centuries. This book provides in a single volume a nearly complete compendium of extant evidence about Christian women in the second through fifth centuries. It highlights the social and theological contributions they made to shaping early Christian beliefs and practices, integrating their influence into the history of the patristic church and showing how their achievements can be edifying for contemporary Christians.”

Table of Contents:

Thecla: Christian female protomartyr and virgin of the church

Perpetua and Felicitas: mothers and martyrs

Christian women in catacomb art

From pagan to Christian, martyr to ascetic

Helena Augusta, “mother of the empire”

Egeria’s Itinerary and Christian pilgrimage

Macrina the ascetic entrepreneur and the “unlearned” wisdom of Monica

Paula, Marcella, and the Melanias: ascetics, scholars, and compatriots in controversy

Aelia Pulcheria, “protectress of the empire”

Empress Eudocia, a theological poet

Conclusion: Responsibly remembering.

See also

Women in the world cover

Lynn Cohick Women in the World of the Earliest Christians: Illuminating Ancient Ways of Life Baker Academic, 2009

“Lynn Cohick provides an accurate and fulsome picture of the earliest Christian women by examining a wide variety of first-century Jewish and Greco-Roman documents that illuminate their lives. She organizes the book around three major spheres of life: family, religious community, and society in general. Cohick shows that although women during this period were active at all levels within their religious communities, their influence was not always identified by leadership titles nor did their gender always determine their level of participation. The book corrects our understanding of early Christian women by offering an authentic and descriptive historical picture of their lives. Includes black-and-white illustrations from the ancient world.”

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Kate Cooper Band of Angels: The Forgotten World of Early Christian Women The Overlook Press, 2013

“Among the defining figures of early Christianity were many remarkable women – from the villagers of Galilee to the empresses Helena and Eudoxia – whose influence helped to spread the word of the new religion, one household at a time. This book offers a fresh assessment of familiar texts about the women of Christian history and legend, prompting the reader to re-examine assumptions about the role of women in Christian ministry.”

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