This volume considers issues surrounding Christian women in the period of the Apostolic Fathers, 80–160CE, in a period before a canon of Scripture existed or orthodoxy and heresy were defined and when women were to be found in a variety of roles in the churches.The book recovers, from scattered and often minimal evidence, insights into Christian women’s lives in this formative period for the Christian church. Individual chapters deal with the politics of disorder in Corinth, Christian women in Rome and Christian women in Asia Minor.
Part I: CORINTH
Not Little Women, Not Good Wives: the Politics of Disorder in Corinth
PART II: ROME
Rhoda, Grapte and the Virtues: Church-building in Rome
PART III: ASIA MINOR
Ammia, Alce and the goddess Artemis: Asia Minor.
“This is a novel approach – I know of nothing like it … the style of writing is both scholarly and accessible to the general reader.” –Carolyn Osiek, Professor of New Testament, Brite Divinity School, Fort Worth, Texas
“Sensitive, sophisticated and finely tuned, she offers fascinating insights into aspects of women’s lives as they may be glanced in Corinth.” –The Rev Dr. Andrew Gregory, Chaplain of University College, Oxford
Professor Christine Trevett, Department of Religious and Theological Studies, Cardiff University, specializes in the ecclesiology of early Christianity, British Quakerism, Montanism and recovering the contributions of women. Her works include Montanism: Gender, Authority and the New Prophecy (1996) and Quaker Women Prophets in England and Wales 1650–1700 (2001).