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Birthing salvation : gender and class in early Christian childbearing discourse / by Anna Rebecca Solevag.

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Subject: Bible. New Testament > Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Salvation > Biblical teaching.
Salvation > Christianity.
Christian literature, Early > History and criticism.
Childbirth > Biblical teaching.
Childbirth > Religious aspects > Christianity.
Genre: Electronic books.
Electronic books.

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  • ISBN: 9789004257788
  • ISBN: 9004257780
  • ISBN: 1299847587
  • ISBN: 9781299847583
  • Physical Description: 1 online resource.
  • Publisher: Leiden ; Brill, 2013.

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Bibliography, etc. Note: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Formatted Contents Note: Acknowledgements; Abbreviations; Introduction; What Does Salvation Have to Do with Childbearing?; Greco-Roman Childbearing Discourse; Chapter Outline; Chapter One. On Waves, Discourses and Intersections; Introduction; Continuity and Change in Feminist Readings; Women at the Center; Celibacy as Autonomy; Class -- a Blind Spot?; A Third-Wave Approach; Discourse; Gender; Intersectionality; Conclusion; Chapter Two. Greco-Roman Childbearing Discourse; Introduction; The Origin of Woman; Marriage for Procreation; Slaves and Procreation; The Fecundity of the Roman Empire.
Deviant Women Don't Want ChildrenA Pronatalistic Gynecology; Childbearing Imagery; Conclusion; Chapter Three. The Pastoral Epistles; Introduction; Date, Place, Authorship, Genre; What Do Scholars Say about 1Tim 2:15?; Salvation in the Pastoral Epistles; The Centrality of Salvation; Salvation, Sound Teaching and Good Deeds; Constructions of Gender and Class; The Kyriarchal Structure of the Household of God; Female Virtue and Vice; Protocols of Masculinity; Slaves and Constructions of Gender; Salvation and Childbearing in the Pastoral Epistles; The Context of the Passage.
Men's Temper and Women's DressKyriarchally Stratified Teaching Roles; The Gullibility of Women; Salvation through Childbirth; Conclusion; Chapter Four. The Acts of Andrew; Introduction; Date, Place, Authorship, Genre; Summary of the Story; Salvation in the Acts of Andrew; The Significance of Words; Platonic Influence; An Encratite Gospel?; Constructions of Gender and Class; The Manly Apostle; Philosopher Masculinity; The Ideal Woman; Good and Bad Slaves; Salvation and Childbearing in the Acts of Andrew; The Male Birthing of the Word; Reproductive Homoeroticism; Maximilla as Christ's Wife.
Maximilla as New EveBecoming Male, Becoming Words; The Wanton Slave Girl; Conclusion; Chapter Five. The Martyrdom of Perpetua and Felicitas; Introduction; Date, Place, Authorship, Genre; Summary of the Story; Felicitas in Labor; Martyrdom as Salvation; Salvation Guaranteed; Defeating the Devil; The Blood of the Martyrs: Sacrifice and Seed; Constructions of Gender and Class; Matron, Mother, Martyr; Perpetua and Her Father; Perpetua's Transgender Performances; Agonistic Masculinity; Transforming a Matron, Fixing a Slave; Female Bodies in the Arena.
Salvation and Childbearing in the Martyrdom of Perpetua and FelicitasMartyrdom or Motherhood?; God's Transgender Performances; Conclusion; Conclusion; Introduction; Salvation and Childbearing; Intersections of Gender and Class; Masculinity and Gender Models; Exemplary Women; Women, Eve, Sex; Birthing Salvation; Bibliography; Index of Ancient Sources; Index of Subjects and Names.
Summary, etc.: In 'Birthing Salvation' Anna Rebecca Solev├ąg explores the theme of childbearing in early Christian discourse. The book maps the importance of women's childbearing in Greco-Roman culture and shows how childbearing discourse interfaces with salvation discourse in three early Christian texts: the Pastoral Epistles, the Acts of Andrew and the Martyrdom of Perpetua and Felicitas. Issues of gender and class are explored through an intersectional analysis. In particular, the institution of slavery, and its implications for ideas about salvation in these texts are drawn out. Birthing Salvation offers fresh interpretations of these texts, including the peculiar statement in 1 Tim 2:15 that women "will be saved through childbearing."
Language Note: English.
Source of Description Note: Print version record.
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