Women Among Jesus' Followers <sup>1</sup>

Henry Chadwick

in The Church in Ancient Society

Published in print December 2001 | ISBN: 9780199246953
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191600463 | DOI:

Series: Oxford History of the Christian Church

 Women Among Jesus' Followers  1

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Women are recorded as disciples of Jesus in both the gospels and Acts. They could be inspired with prophetic gifts and the injunctions for them to keep quiet in church suggest that in practice they were not always silent. The most influential women in the early Church were ascetics and upper‐class women with money. The latter made an important contribution to care for the poor and indigent, among whom was a high proportion of widows.

Keywords: women

Chapter.  1099 words. 

Subjects: History of Christianity

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