Re: [XTalk] Mission fields favorable to women apostles
- Back in the 4th C BCE a pair of Cynics
went around propagating the Cynic philosophical
message of a life of simplicity and independence,
and the attainment of contentment by limiting
one's needs. They were Crates and Hipparchia.
They were partners who chose freely to travel
Not quite what you are looking for, but
evidence that some Greeks did defy convention.
There may be other examples closer to what you
are looking for, but I don't have anything to
hand just now.
David Mealand, University of Edinburgh
The University of Edinburgh is a charitable body, registered in
Scotland, with registration number SC005336.
- I was thinking about the same questions last week and my Amazon.com
stagewagon just rode in with Sara B. Pomeroy (the leading expert)
"Goddesses, Whores, Wives, and Slaves: Women in Classical Antiquity (1975)
Shocken. NY and the same author "Women's History & Ancient History" 1991 UNC
Press and also HBarbara Watterson (another leading authority) "Women in
Ancient Egypt" 1991. If I were a woman in the 1st century (from my cursory
page flipping so far), I would go to Egypt. Only in Alexandria could you
have an Hypatia and only Christians would have mobbed her and slaughtered
From: Richard Fellows
Sent: Friday, April 01, 2011 1:08 AM
Subject: [XTalk] Mission fields favorable to women apostles
If you were a first century female apostle, which region would you
choose as your mission field? Were some regions more open to women
preachers than others, or were all regions equally sexist? We know
that Paul and other men evangelized Asia Minor and the Aegean, but I
think we should assess the possibility that women chose to go elsewhere.
C.C. Kroeger writes that "A Roman woman enjoyed far greater freedom
than her Greek sisters" (Dictionary of New Testament Background
p1277)." Is this true, and would it explain why so many women were
prominent in the churches of Rome (Rom 16:1-15) and Philippi (Phil
4:2; Acts 16:14-15, 40) (a Roman colony)? Also, it is said that
Egyptians were relatively egalitarian, though I have heard conflicting
views on this, and would like to hear what people think.
What studies should I read to find answers to these questions? Any
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