April 29, 2021 ALL

Scholarly Luncheon – “Uppity” Women in Early Christianity

Featuring Sheila E. McGinn, Ph.D. Professor of Biblical Studies & Early Christianity, John Carroll University & Managing Editor, Conversations with the Biblical World

Thursday, April 29, 2021 | 12 p.m. (Eastern)
Hosted on the Zoom platform. Registration required.

Women were the “unsung heroes” of early Christianity. They played a central role in early Christian mission, yet the New Testament texts say little about them and almost never give women speaking lines. Apocryphal (non-canonical) texts from this same early period tell a somewhat different story, with central women characters who speak and act in ways we often think apply only to male disciples of Jesus. This lecture focuses on one of these apocryphal texts, the Acts of Paul and Thecla (also known as the Acts of the Holy Proto-Martyr Thecla or simply Acts of Thecla), to illustrate an alternate perspective on women’s contribution to the shape and spread of the early Christian movement. The women’s “uppity” behavior challenged the society of their own times—and perhaps still challenges ours as well.

To register visit https://jcu.edu/calendar/alumni-scholarly-luncheon

For more information, contact Eric Eickhoff at eeickhoff@jcu.edu.