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Mary and Early Christian Women

Hidden Leadership

Authors: Kateusz, Ally

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  • Combines scholarship on early traditions about the Jewish mother of Jesus with scholarship about the religious authority of early Christian women
  • Employs research in art history, discourse analysis, and philology, to investigate new ideas about the role of Early Christian women in the church
  • Explains the modes of silencing that nearly erased female roles in the early church from memory
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This book reveals exciting early Christian evidence that Mary was remembered as a powerful role model for women leaders—women apostles, baptizers, and presiders at the ritual meal.  Early Christian art portrays Mary and other women clergy serving as deacon, presbyter/priest, and bishop. In addition, the two oldest surviving artifacts to depict people at an altar table inside a real church depict women and men in a gender-parallel liturgy inside two of the most important churches in Christendom—Old Saint Peter’s Basilica in Rome and the second Hagia Sophia in Constantinople. Dr. Kateusz’s research brings to light centuries of censorship, both ancient and modern, and debunks the modern imagination that from the beginning only men were apostles and clergy.

About the authors

Dr. Ally Kateusz is Research Associate at the Wijngaards Institute of Catholic Research in London. She is a cultural historian whose work focuses on religion and gender. Her research has been published in the Journal of Early Christian Studies, the Journal of Feminist Studies in Religion, as well as other venues, and has won prestigious awards.

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“Ally Kateusz’s Mary and Early Christian Women is a great leap forward in Marian studies, and in peeling away layers of deliberate patriarchal obfuscation. A remarkable achievement!” (Mary Ann Beavis, Department Head, Religion and Culture, St. Thomas More College, Canada)

“Using numerous tables of textual comparisons and illustrations, Ally Kateusz shows what rapidly becomes obvious.  Women did what men did: teaching, leading worship, baptising.  They were apostles, priests and bishops.  She concentrates on Mary the Mother of Jesus, and the evidence in texts and images for her as a leader, teacher and high priest in the early Church. The case is set out clearly and the evidence is meticulously presented.  This is a brilliant book, a landmark.”  (Margaret Barker, author of The Mother of the Lord: The Lady in the Temple)

Mary and Early Christian Women draws back the veil on the earliest representations of the Virgin Mary and her sister saints in both narrative and visual art to reveal a tradition in which women served alongside men as prayer-leaders, preachers, and baptizers. Exemplary in its attention to detail, this book raises potentially shattering questions about the role of women in the early Church.” (Rachel Fulton Brown, author of Mary and the Art of Prayer: The Hours of the Virgin in Medieval Christian Life and Thought, Associate Professor of History, The University of Chicago)

Mary and Early Christian Women provides a range of resources for re-thinking women’s roles and leadership in the third through tenth centuries of Christianity that surpasses anything we have seen.  Commanding and explaining dozens of visual images never seen together before, Ally Kateusz provides a depth, breadth, and technical detail that will need years to appreciate and understand fully.  This visual material, alongside some important texts, opens major paths to dramatically valorize women protagonists in the crucial eras after the first two centuries.” (Hal Taussig, Professor of New Testament (retired), Union Theological Seminary, USA)

“Dr. Kateusz provides irrefutable proof of women taking part in early church ministries.” (John Wijngaards, author of Women Deacons in the Early Church: Historical Texts and Contemporary Debates)

 

Table of contents (8 chapters)

Table of contents (8 chapters)
  • Background and Perspective

    Pages 1-17

    Kateusz, Ally

  • More Collyridian Déjà vu

    Pages 19-48

    Kateusz, Ally

  • Women Apostles: Preachers and Baptizers

    Pages 49-65

    Kateusz, Ally

  • Mary, High Priest and Bishop

    Pages 67-100

    Kateusz, Ally

  • Mother and Son, Paired

    Pages 101-130

    Kateusz, Ally

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  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Mary and Early Christian Women
Book Subtitle
Hidden Leadership
Authors
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-11111-3
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-11111-3
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-11110-6
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVII, 295
Number of Illustrations
20 b/w illustrations, 41 illustrations in colour
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