Historical Writings and Perspectives

Bell, Susan G., ed. Women: From the Greeks to the French Revolution. Stanford University Press,1981.

While coming from a broad sociological perspective, this does contain substantial references to Judeo-Christian perspectives and practices toward women, from the Old Testament period right through the Reformation.

Clark, Elizabeth A. Women in the Early Church: Message of the Fathers of the Church. Wilmington, Del.: Michael Glazier, Inc., 1983.

This excellent collection from the church fathers’ writings regarding women presents some fascinating—and disturbing—points of view. We cite it extensively in “From the Archives” (pp.32–35).

Fiorenza, Elizabeth Schussler. In Memory of Her: A Feminist Theological Reconstruction of Christian Origins. New York: Crossroad, 1983.

A remarkable historical reconstruction, though it doesn’t concentrate exclusively on the early church.

Gryson, Roger. The Ministry of Women in the Early Church. Collegeville, Minn.: Liturgical Press, 1980.

A detailed history drawn from early church documents, it tilts against women’s full participation in church leadership.

Heine, Susanne. Women and Early Christianity: Are the Feminist Scholars Right? London: SCM Press Ltd., 1987.

An irenic analysis of the unique insights that feminist scholars have brought to biblical and early-church historical exegesis.

LaPorte, Jean. The Role of Women in Early Christianity. New York: Edwin Mellon, 1982.

A good collection of primary documents that mention women.

Pomeroy, Sarah B. Goddesses, Whores, Wives, and Slaves: Women in Classical Antiquity. New York: Schocken Books, 1975.

Recounts and analyzes numerous ancient writings referring to women in various roles, and of various economic classes.

Ruether, Rosemary, ...

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