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A Woman's Place: House Churches In Earliest Christianity [Paperback]

By Carolyn Osiek (Author), Margaret Y. MacDonald (Author) & Janet H. Tulloch (With)
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Item description for A Woman's Place: House Churches In Earliest Christianity by Carolyn Osiek, Margaret Y. MacDonald & Janet H. Tulloch...

This focused look at women in the household context discusses the importance of issues of space and visibility in shaping the lives of early Christian women. Several aspects of women's everyday existence are investigated, including the lives of wives, widows, women with children, female slaves, women as patrons, household leaders, and teachers. In addition, several key themes emerge: hospitality, dining practices, and the extent of female segregation.

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  • Christian Century - 10/03/2006 page 37

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Studio: Augsburg Fortress Publishers
Pages   345
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.04" Width: 6.2" Height: 0.82"
Weight:   1.25 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Nov 1, 2005
Publisher   Fortress Press
ISBN  0800637771  
ISBN13  9780800637774  

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More About Carolyn Osiek, Margaret Y. MacDonald & Janet H. Tulloch

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Brite Divinity School, Texas Christian University. She is a past president of the Catholic Biblical Association of America.

Carolyn Osiek currently resides in the state of Texas.

Carolyn Osiek has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Abingdon New Testament Commentaries
  2. Family, Religion, and Culture
  3. Hermeneia: A Critical & Historical Commentary on the Bible
  4. Religion, Marriage, and Family

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Gleaning from a Bountiful Harvest  May 17, 2008


Would that I had the breadth and depth of knowledge that these authors have. I'm glad I don't have to take a test on what I've read, but oh what I've gleaned from the bits and pieces I've picked up. Starting with an interest in the psychology (and therefore history) of women, and a long-standing sharing with a small study group at church, focusing on women in the Bible, I thought I had a pretty good understanding. But this feast humbles even as it delights.

What especially added to my feast? - the issue of slavery, the apparent rambunctious-ness of the house churches, the commemorative use of wine, even the funeral dinner - how contemporary that seemed. It wasn't news that women's earnings were important, but our group hadn't really examined the effect of class.

This is by no means a complete menu. For example, I made note of the observation that the death of young children evoked terrible grief, in spite of its being so common.

I confess, I did head to the summaries at the end of the chapters. I'm an academic, but it was still a hard go for me. The ranking of five reflects all the positives I've expressed here, but if someone is thinking of reading it, be prepared to dig into detailed substantiation.
An important read!  Jan 4, 2006
The Bible gives little mention to the women of the early Christian church, though surely they were around. What was their role in the church and how was the church integrated into their daily lives?

Until now, these questions were largely unanswered or answered, at best with conjecture. The three authors use a variety of evidence, both religious and secular, to construct a vivid description of the lives of these women, providing the reader with a fuller picture of the first few centuries of the Christian church. The authors weave together the evidence with insight and precision, giving a clear picture of the times.

A Woman's Place provides an overwhelming sense of community that women of the early church shared. During the first several centuries of Christianity, the church was centered on the home. This was the gathering place for worship.

As the home was the domain of women, women took a leading role in many aspects of the early church. Women were leaders, teachers and supporters of one another. They provided enormous amounts of nurturing and hospitality to one another.

Particularly fascinating are the descriptions of birthing and dining rituals. Early Christian women were segregated from the men, yet formed a strong community among themselves with their own ways of celebrating and worshipping.

Until now, the stories of early Christianity have been focused on the men of the church, primarily the apostles going out into the world to spread the good news. A Woman's Place honors the women of the early church, revealing their important role in providing the home environment where the good news could grow.

Armchair Interviews says: The authors deftly create an image of this world of two thousand years ago that brings new respect for the women held silent until now.


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