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Mary and Early Christian Women


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1. Background and Perspective on Mary

Why the Mother of Jesus?

Mary, a Jew

Mary Remembered in the Extracanonical Gospels


The Power of Bio-Power

Breaking the Box of Our False Imagination of the Past

2. More Collyridian Deja vu

The Old Rule of Thumb: lectio brevior potior

Redaction Analysis of Mary's Religious Authority

A Scene of Mary Exorcising Demons

Women Using Censers and Incense

Kernels of Historicity: Women Using Censers Liturgically

Redaction Analysis of the Markers of Women's Authority

3. Women Apostles: Preachers and Baptizers

Assembling a Jigsaw Puzzle-The Apostle Mariamne in the Acts of Philip

Sexual Slander as Evidence of Women in the Clergy

Irene, Apostle of Jesus

The Long Narrative about Irene's Life

Male Re-Baptizers and the Apostle Nino

Irene Baptizes and Seals

The "Apostle" Thecla Baptizes and Seals

Dating Controversy: When Was the Life of Thecla Composed?

The Thecla Tertullian Knew

Cultural Context

4. Mary, High Priest and Bishop

Jesus's Mother Versus 1 Timothy

Mary in Art: High Priest and Bishop

Mary with the Episcopal Pallium

Mary with the Cloth of the Eucharistic Officiant

Women with the Cloth of the Eucharistic Officiant

5. Mother and Son, Paired

Mother and Son Paired on Objects Used in the Liturgy

Dividing the Mother-Son Dyad: The Maria Maggiore Mosaics

The Mother-Son Dyad in Art Prior to the Council of Ephesus

Mother and Son Paired in Third- and Fourth-Century Funereal Art

6. The Life of the Virgin and Its Antecedents

The Oldest Text of the Life of the Virgin

The Annunciation to Mary in the Temple

Mary at the Baptism of Her Son

The Women at the Lord's Supper

Partaking at the Temple Altar in the Gospel of Bartholomew

Gender Parallelism in the Liturgy in the Didascalia apostolorum

The Ritual of Body and Blood according to the Apostolic Church Order

7. Women and Men at the Last Supper: Reception

Female and Male Co-Officiants from the Second Century Onwards

Writings that Paired Male and Female Clerical Titles

Women Overseers or Bishops

Cerula and Bitalia, Ordained Bishops

Historicity of Pulcheria inside the Holy of Holies of the Second Hagia Sophia

Female and Male Clergy at the Altar in Old Saint Peter's Basilica

The Ciborium in Old Saint Peter's Basilica

The Altar in Old Saint Peter's Basilica

Possible Identification of the Male and Female Officiants at the Altar Table

Theodora and Justinian in San Vitale: Modeling Mary and Jesus at the Last Supper

Third-Century Evidence of Gender Parity at the Offering Table

8. Modes of Silencing

Modes of Silencing the Past

Breaking the Box of Our False Imagination of the Past

About the Author

Dr. Ally Kateusz is Research Associate at the Wijngaards Institute of Catholic Research in London. She is a cultural historian whose work focuses on religion and gender. Her research has been published in the Journal of Early Christian Studies, the Journal of Feminist Studies in Religion, as well as other venues, and has won prestigious awards.

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