Birthing Salvation: Gender and Class in Early Christian by Anna Rebecca Solevåg

By Anna Rebecca Solevåg

In Birthing Salvation Anna Rebecca Solevag explores the topic of childbearing in early Christian discourse. The ebook maps the significance of women's childbearing in Greco-Roman tradition and indicates how childbearing discourse interfaces with salvation discourse in 3 early Christian texts: the Pastoral Epistles, the Acts of Andrew and the Martyrdom of Perpetua and Felicitas. problems with gender and sophistication are explored via an intersectional research. specifically, the establishment of slavery, and its implications for ideas approximately salvation in those texts are drawn out. Birthing Salvation deals clean interpretations of those texts, together with the strange assertion in 1 Tim 2:15 that ladies "will be kept via childbearing."

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The Social World of the Apocryphal Acts, 16. 33 Davies, The Revolt of the Widows. The Social World of the Apocryphal Acts, 50, 109. 34 Davies, The Revolt of the Widows. The Social World of the Apocryphal Acts, 114–116. 36 Dennis MacDonald argued that female story tellers stood behind the legends contained in the Acts of Paul, including the Thecla-cycle. 38 Both Davies and MacDonald compared the material in the Apocryphal Acts with the Pastoral Epistles. ”39 MacDonald based the connection on oral legends about Paul.

See also Margaret Y. MacDonald, The Pauline Churches. A Socio-historical Study of Institutionalization in the Pauline and Deutero-Pauline Writings (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1988), 188–189. 26 Bassler, “The Widows’ Tale: a Fresh Look at 1 Tim 5:3–16,” 34. ”29 Although there is no doubt that the Pastorals contain these patriarchal elements, it has been questioned more recently whether the development was quite so straightforward. ”30 The Apocryphal Acts were, then, seen as more “woman-friendly” than the Pastoral Epistles, perhaps even in direct opposition to these Pseudo-Pauline letters, as two competing strands of Christianity.

The more recent works by Virginia Burrus are also inspired by postmodern theory, including Foucault. g. Virginia Burrus, Saving Shame. : University of Pennsylvania Press, 2008); Virginia Burrus, The Sex Lives of Saints. : University of Pennsylvania Press, 2004); Virginia Burrus, Begotten, Not Made. : Stanford University Press, 2000). 93 Andrew Erskine, Roman Imperialism (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2010), 59. D. : Westminster John Knox Press, 2006), 30–32. 30 chapter one The Martyrdom of Perpetua and Felicitas, which was written in Latin, comes from the western part, whereas the two other texts are originally Greek and probably stem from the eastern part of the Roman Empire.

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