Women and Religion in the First Christian Centuries focuses on religion during the period of Roman imperial rule and its significance in women's lives. It discusses the rich variety of religious expression, from pagan cults and classical mythology to ancient Judaism and early Christianity, and the wide array of religious functions fulfilled by women. The author analyses key examples from each context, creating a vivid image of this crucial period which laid the foundations of western civilization. The study challenges the concepts of religion and of women in the light of post-modern critique. As such, it is an important contribution to contemporary gender theory. In its broad and interdisciplinary approach, this book will be of interest to students of early religion as well as those involved in cultural theory.
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Number of pages: 200
Weight: 272 g
Dimensions: 216 x 140 x 12 mm
..."Sawyer's study has wide appeal for religion scholars and historians alike. Not only does it introduce the reader to notable women scholars thinking through the portrayal of women and religion in the early centuries of the Common Era, but it is both scholarly and readable--a rare combination."
"[Sawywer's] presentation makes it worth the read."
-Efthalia Makris Walsh, Chevy Chase, (i) Journal of Early Christian Studies (/i), December 1997
"A strength of this study is [Sawyer's] ability to show the significance of religion in women's lives ... The clarity of [her] style and expression and her grasp of gender data in the ancient world are also commendable."
-"The Catholic Biblical Quarterly