By Anna Rebecca Solevåg
In Birthing Salvation Anna Rebecca Solevag explores the subject of childbearing in early Christian discourse. The booklet maps the significance of women's childbearing in Greco-Roman tradition and exhibits how childbearing discourse interfaces with salvation discourse in 3 early Christian texts: the Pastoral Epistles, the Acts of Andrew and the Martyrdom of Perpetua and Felicitas. problems with gender and sophistication are explored via an intersectional research. specifically, the establishment of slavery, and its implications for concepts approximately salvation in those texts are drawn out. Birthing Salvation bargains clean interpretations of those texts, together with the atypical assertion in 1 Tim 2:15 that girls "will be kept via childbearing."
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Extra info for Birthing Salvation: Gender and Class in Early Christian Childbearing Discourse
Southern Illinois University Press, 1980). See also Bassler, who uses the terms “equality,” “autonomy” and “freedom” to describe the community behind these texts. Jouette M. Bassler, “The Widows’ Tale: a Fresh Look at 1Tim 5:3–16,” Journal of Biblical Literature 103, no. 1 (1984): 24. ” Rosemary Rader, “The Martyrdom of Perpetua. A Protest Account of Third-Century Christianity,” in A Lost Tradition. Women Writers of The Early Church, ed. Patricia Wilson-Kastner, et al. (New York: University Press of America, 1981), 3; Ross Shepard Kraemer, Her Share of the Blessings.
See also Tilley, “The Passion of Perpetua and Felicity,” 848–849. 72 Perkins, The Suffering Self. Pain and Narrative Representation in the Early Christian Era, 28–30. 73 Perkins, The Suffering Self. Pain and Narrative Representation in the Early Christian Era, 102. 74 For this and the following quotation: Perkins, The Suffering Self. Pain and Narrative Representation in the Early Christian Era, 125, 39. 75 Andrew S. Jacobs, “ ‘Her Own Proper Kinship’: Marriage, Class and Women in the Apocryphal Acts of the Apostles,” in A Feminist Companion to the New Testament Apocrypha, ed.
63 In Cooper’s understanding, these texts are neither ascetic nor liberating for women— in so far as they are interested in women at all. She argues that the women’s asceticism is only a rhetorical device. The Acts use continence as a narrative strategy to challenge the social order of the city and to posit the apostle as morally superior to the elite men who oppose his message: “The challenge by the apostle to the householder is the urgent message of these narratives, and it is essentially a conflict between men.
Birthing Salvation: Gender and Class in Early Christian Childbearing Discourse by Anna Rebecca Solevåg