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Desiring Conversion: Hermas, Thecla, Aseneth

B. Diane Lipsett

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
January 2011
ISBN:
9780199754519
eISBN:
9780199827213
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199754519.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Early Christian Studies

Self-restraint or self-mastery may appear to be the opposite of erotic desire. But in three ancient tales of conversion—The Shepherd of Hermas, the Acts of Paul and Thecla, and Joseph and Aseneth—the ... More


Conclusion: The Narrativity of Desire, Restraint, and Conversion

B. Diane Lipsett

in Desiring Conversion: Hermas, Thecla, Aseneth

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
January 2011
ISBN:
9780199754519
eISBN:
9780199827213
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199754519.003.0005
Subject:
Religion, Early Christian Studies

The conclusion compares concisely how the different narrative textures and particularities of the tales of Hermas, Thecla, and Aseneth generate discrete representations of conversion. It also offers ... More


Architects of Piety: The Cappadocian Fathers and the Cult of the Martyrs

Vasiliki M. Limberis

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
May 2011
ISBN:
9780199730889
eISBN:
9780199895229
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199730889.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Early Christian Studies

This book examines the cult of the martyrs in the writings of the Cappadocian Fathers: Basil of Caesarea, Gregory of Nyssa, and Gregory of Nazianzus. Chapter 1 analyzes the complex rituals of the ... More


Thecla of Iconium, Reconsidered

Ross Shepard Kraemer

in Unreliable Witnesses: Religion, Gender, and History in the Greco-Roman Mediterranean

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
January 2011
ISBN:
9780199743186
eISBN:
9780199894680
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199743186.003.0004
Subject:
Religion, Religion in the Ancient World

This chapter revisits the fictional story of Thecla of Iconium, a virgin who accepts Paul’s teachings of celibacy and asceticism and is ultimately authorized by Paul to “go forth and teach the word ... More


“First among All Women”: The Story of Thecla in Textual Transmission and Iconographic Remains

Kim Haines-Eitzen

in The Gendered Palimpsest: Women, Writing, and Representation in Early Christianity

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780195171297
eISBN:
9780199918140
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195171297.003.0005
Subject:
Religion, Early Christian Studies

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 ... More


Thecla Desiring and Desired

B. Diane Lipsett

in Desiring Conversion: Hermas, Thecla, Aseneth

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
January 2011
ISBN:
9780199754519
eISBN:
9780199827213
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199754519.003.0003
Subject:
Religion, Early Christian Studies

The chapter offers a close analysis of The Acts of Paul and Thecla, tracing how desire, restraint, and narrative transformation intersect with depictions of virginity, maternity, and masculinity. ... More


Thecla's Prayer for Falconilla

Jeffrey A. Trumbower

in Rescue for the Dead: The Posthumous Salvation of Non-Christians in Early Christianity

Published in print:
2001
Published Online:
November 2003
ISBN:
9780195140996
eISBN:
9780199834747
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0195140990.003.0004
Subject:
Religion, Theology

Chapter three is an intensive study of one of the Apocryphal Acts of the apostles, namely, the second‐century Acts of Paul, which includes a long section about Thecla, a female companion of Paul from ... More


Gregory the Great's Prayer for Trajan

Jeffrey A. Trumbower

in Rescue for the Dead: The Posthumous Salvation of Non-Christians in Early Christianity

Published in print:
2001
Published Online:
November 2003
ISBN:
9780195140996
eISBN:
9780199834747
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0195140990.003.0009
Subject:
Religion, Theology

The eighth and final chapter briefly surveys the history of posthumous salvation after Augustine. Central is a story told about Pope Gregory the Great (sixth century), who supposedly uttered a prayer ... More


Women’s Literature?: The Case of the Apocryphal Acts of the Apostles

Kim Haines-Eitzen

in The Gendered Palimpsest: Women, Writing, and Representation in Early Christianity

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780195171297
eISBN:
9780199918140
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195171297.003.0003
Subject:
Religion, Early Christian Studies

Scholars have long questioned whether the Apocryphal Acts of the Apostles, which feature prominent female characters, could have been written by or for women. This chapter argues against such a claim ... More


A Modest Apostle: Thecla and the History of Women in the Early Church

Susan E. Hylen

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
October 2015
ISBN:
9780190243821
eISBN:
9780190243845
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190243821.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Church History

The New Testament and other early Christian writings point to leadership roles for women at the same time that they affirm cultural norms of women’s modesty and silence. A Modest Apostle offers a new ... More


Iconium

Clyde E. Fant and Mitchell G. Reddish

in A Guide to Biblical Sites in Greece and Turkey

Published in print:
2003
Published Online:
November 2020
ISBN:
9780195139174
eISBN:
9780197561706
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780195139174.003.0035
Subject:
Archaeology, Biblical Archaeology

Although mentioned in the New Testament as one of the cities visited by the Apostle Paul, the ancient city of Iconium is more famous today because of its Muslim mosques, its theological schools, ... More


Subtle Embodiments: Imagining the Holy in Late Antiquity*

Patricia Cox Miller

in Apophatic Bodies: Negative Theology, Incarnation, and Relationality

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
March 2011
ISBN:
9780823230815
eISBN:
9780823235087
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fso/9780823230815.003.0003
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Religion

This book suggests that the phrase “apophatic bodies” disrupts the conventional binary of transcendence and materiality. In this chapter, this disruption is examined by ... More


The Acts of Paul and Thecla

Susan E. Hylen

in A Modest Apostle: Thecla and the History of Women in the Early Church

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
October 2015
ISBN:
9780190243821
eISBN:
9780190243845
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190243821.003.0004
Subject:
Religion, Church History

This chapter argues that Thecla’s modesty and her leadership reflect the cultural conventions of the time. Thecla exhibits conventional gendered virtues like modesty, chastity, and piety. The ... More


Penetration and Its Discontents: Agency, Touch, and Objects of Desire

Maia Kotrosits

in The Lives of Objects: Material Culture, Experience, and the Real in the History of Early Christianity

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
May 2021
ISBN:
9780226707440
eISBN:
9780226707617
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226707617.003.0007
Subject:
Religion, Early Christian Studies

The notion that sexuality in the Greek and Roman periods was predicated on a social-sexual hierarchy that casts relationships in the binary terms of active penetrator and passive, penetrated object ... More


Salvation and Childbearing: Does Motherhood Matter?

Alicia D. Myers

in Blessed Among Women?: Mothers and Motherhood in the New Testament

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
November 2017
ISBN:
9780190677084
eISBN:
9780190677114
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190677084.003.0005
Subject:
Religion, Biblical Studies

Augustus’s prioritization of family life to promote his own masculinity resulted in a simultaneous emphasis on motherhood in the Roman world. Not only did motherhood advertise a man’s masculine ... More


Locus Amoenus / Loca Sancta

Scott Fitzgerald Johnson

in Literary Territories: Cartographical Thinking in Late Antiquity

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
January 2016
ISBN:
9780190221232
eISBN:
9780190221256
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190221232.003.0004
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval

This chapter offers a close reading of a fifth-century work of hagiography, called The Life and Miracles of Thekla. The chapter analyzes the work from the point of view of the geographical ... More


Antioch of Pisidia

Clyde E. Fant and Mitchell G. Reddish

in A Guide to Biblical Sites in Greece and Turkey

Published in print:
2003
Published Online:
November 2020
ISBN:
9780195139174
eISBN:
9780197561706
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780195139174.003.0027
Subject:
Archaeology, Biblical Archaeology

Although overshadowed in the New Testament by a different Antioch (Antioch on the Orontes), Antioch of Pisidia was an important city during Hellenistic and Roman times. Archaeological excavations ... More


Myra

Clyde E. Fant and Mitchell G. Reddish

in A Guide to Biblical Sites in Greece and Turkey

Published in print:
2003
Published Online:
November 2020
ISBN:
9780195139174
eISBN:
9780197561706
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780195139174.003.0039
Subject:
Archaeology, Biblical Archaeology

At one time one of the most important cities in Lycia, Myra almost has passed into obscurity. In addition to some interesting tombs and a theater, the most enduring legacy of ancient Myra is the ... More


The Reception of Thecla in the Early Church

Susan E. Hylen

in A Modest Apostle: Thecla and the History of Women in the Early Church

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
October 2015
ISBN:
9780190243821
eISBN:
9780190243845
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190243821.003.0005
Subject:
Religion, Church History

Scholars have argued that the later church “domesticated” Thecla, muting her power as it shut down leadership options for women. Instead, this chapter argues that Thecla remains powerful in the later ... More


Conclusion

Susan E. Hylen

in A Modest Apostle: Thecla and the History of Women in the Early Church

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
October 2015
ISBN:
9780190243821
eISBN:
9780190243845
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190243821.003.0006
Subject:
Religion, Church History

The conclusion summarizes the argument of the book with an eye to how the same approach may be applied to other early Christian texts. The interpretation of Thecla suggests a different way of ... More


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