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“First among All Women”

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/9780195171297.003.0005
“First among All Women”

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The focus of this chapter is the figure of Thecla, a female character who has seen significant scholarly attention in recent years. How does the textual transmission of the second-century Acts of Paul and Thecla come to rewrite and refashion the figure of Thecla? And how does Thecla come to be associated with books in literature and art? These questions are at the forefront of the chapter.

Keywords: Acts of Paul and Thecla; iconography; Methodius; textual transmission; Thecla

Chapter.  6528 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Early Christianity

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