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Author Sawyer, Deborah F., 1956-
Title Women and religion in the first Christian centuries / Deborah F. Sawyer.
Published London ; New York : Routledge, 1996.
Book Cover

 Floor2  BL815.W6 S28 1996    IN LIBRARY
Description vii, 186 p. ; 23 cm.
Series Religion in the first Christian centuries
Religion in the first Christian centuries.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents 1. Ancient Rome and Women's Lives -- 2. Women within Judaism and Christianity -- 3. The Greco-Roman Imagination -- 4. Gods and Goddesses -- 5. The Religion of Jewish Women -- 6. From Diversity to Conformity -- 7. Magna Mater and the Vestal Virgins -- 8. Wisdom, Lilith and Mothers -- 9. Sisters in Christ or Daughters of Eve?
Summary Too often the religious traditions of antiquity are studied in isolation, without any real consideration of how they interacted. What made someone with a free choice become an adherent of one faith rather than another? Why might a former pagan choose to become a 'God-fearer' and attend synagogue services? Why might a Jew become a Christian? How did the mysteries of Mithras differ from the worship of the Unconquered Sun, or the status of the Virgin Mary from that of Isis, and how many gods could an ancient worshipper have? These questions are hard to answer without a synoptic view of what the different religions offered.
Subject Women and religion -- Rome -- History.
Rome -- Religion.
ISBN 0415107490 (pbk.)
0415107482 (hb)
9780415107488 (hb)
9780415107495 (pbk.)
OCLC number 34149988