The Role of Women in Early Christianity
by Jean LaPorte
Published by the Edwin Mellen Press, New York, 1982
Published on our website with the necessary permission
TABLE OF CONTENTS
|Ch. 1||WOMEN IN MARTYRDOM||7|
|The Martyrdom of Blandina||11|
|The Passion of Perpetua||13|
|Ch. 2||WOMEN IN CONJUGAL LIFE||23|
|Clement of Alexandria||30|
|—- Monica and her son Augustine||40|
|—- Augustine and women||44|
|—- Augustine on marriage||45|
|CH. 3||WOMEN IN CONTEMPLATIVE LIFE||53|
|Women in Prophecy||53|
|The Widows of the Church||58|
|—- Didascalia Apostolorum||60.|
|—- Independant Life of the Virgins||71|
|—- Development of Convent Life for Virgins||77|
|—- The Life of Macrina||81|
|—- The Rule of Paula’s Monastery||88|
|—- The Rule of Augustine for Women||92|
|—- Basil’s Canon on Fallen Virgins||100|
|Mystical, Liturgical and Active Life||102|
|—-Mystical and active life||102|
|—- Liturgical Life||105|
|CH 4||WOMEN IN MINISTRY||109|
|—- Apostolic Constitutions||115|
|—- Other sources related to Deaconesses||118|
|Widows in Office||126|
|CH 5||WOMEN IN SYMBOL||133|
|Philo of Alexandria||133|
|Women as a Symbol of Virtue or Vice in Early Christianity||135|
|—- The Shepherd of Hermas||138|
|—- Methodius Olympus||143|
|The Church as Mother: Cyprian, Augustine||147|
|Women as Speculative Wisdom||149|
|Symbolism of the Blessed Virgin Mary||151|
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