Christian women in the Greek papyri of Egypt to 400 CE
Christian women in the Greek papyri of Egypt to 400 CE / Erica A. Mathieson.
|Main author:||Mathieson, Erica A.|
|Corporate Authors:||Macquarie University. Ancient Cultures Research Centre.|
"Ancient Cultures Research Centre, Macquarie University, NSW, Australia."
"This book arose from a doctoral thesis entitled The Perspectives of the Greek papyri of Egypt on the beliefs, practices and experiences of Jewish and Christian women from 100 CE to 400 CE"--Pref.
311 p. ; 24 cm.
|Summary:||The documentary papyri are an unparalleled source for the study of women in antiquity. Among them are numbers of female-authored texts which allow women’s voices to be heard. In the period to 400 CE twenty-six of these texts provide information on Christian women's religious lives. This book analyses these papyri. They give insight into Christian women’s knowledge and use of biblical texts, their practice of prayer, their theological understanding of God, their lives and relationships. This book also examines texts written to Christian women or referring to Christian women among which are a valuable group referring to ascetic women. The perspectives of the papyri nuance what is known about women from other sources.|