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Sinners and Saints, Silent and Submissive?

Kim Haines-Eitzen

in The Gendered Palimpsest

Published in print November 2011 | ISBN: 9780195171297
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199918140 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195171297.003.0004
Sinners and Saints, Silent and Submissive?

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This chapter focuses on how the stories of Eve, Mary the mother of Jesus, Mary Magdalene, and other more minor New Testament female characters came to be rewritten in the process of copying. Storytelling is an important feature of early Christianity and stories about women became vehicles for transmitting nascent Christian ideology and ethics; likewise, the textual modification of these stories suggests that debates about women and their roles in the early churches made their way into the very processes of textual reproduction.

Keywords: early Christianity; Eve; Mary and Martha; Mary Magdalene; Mary the mother of Jesus; storytelling; textual transmission

Chapter.  9484 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Early Christianity

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