Female Deacons in the Byzantine Church1

  title={Female Deacons in the Byzantine Church1},
  author={Valerie A. Karras},
  journal={Church History},
  pages={272 - 316}
Despite the energy devoted by American and Western European church historians and theologians to the question of the ordination of women in early Christianity and in the (western) medieval Christian Church, these scholars have shown comparatively little interest toward the female diaconate in the Byzantine Church, even when comparative analysis could potentially help elucidate questions regarding the theology and practice of women's ordinations in the West. Most of the research on the female… Expand
11 Citations
The article analyzes the medieval interpretations of biblical images of Sophia of the Wisdom of God, Eve, Virgin Mary. Their role of women's inclusion in the social order of the Western EuropeanExpand
The festival of Saint Demetrios, the Timarion , and the Aithiopika *
The description of the festival for Saint Demetrios in Thessaloniki in the Timarion has long been used as a source for regional and liturgical history. It is in fact a literary rewriting of aExpand
Women, Tradition and Icons: The Gendered Use of the Torah Scrolls and the Bible in Orthodox Jewish and Christian Rituals
This article discusses the relationship between Christian and Jewish Orthodox women with their sacred books (the Christian Bible and the Torah respectively) from a feminist point of view. WhileExpand
Overcoming Greed: An Eastern Christian Perspective
As an Eastern Orthodox Christian, I have chosen to approach the topic of "overcoming greed" from an Eastern Christian perspective, relying particularly on the writings of some of the earlyExpand
What does the ordination of women then mean for women now
[1] The historical information gathered over the last fifty years demonstrates fairly conclusively that women have been ordained in the past. The most recent examinations of the evidence haveExpand
Orthodox kaleidoscope: focus on Japan
This contribution addresses the theoretical and methodological issues proposed in the ‘Orthodox Kaleidoscope’ network. Based on five months of field research in Japan, the contribution argues that ...
Epigraphic Research around Juliopolis III: Roman and Byzantine Inscriptions from Doğandere and Juliopolis
Bu yazida Nallihan ve Mudurnu (antik Modrene) arasinda yer alan Dogandere'den bulunmus bir miltasi (no. 1) ve Cayirhan'da (antik Ioulioupolis) nekropolis kazisinda ele gecen Roma ve BizansExpand


Deacons, Deaconesses and the Minor Orders in the Patristic Period
Writers in the early centuries of the Christian era were accustomed to employ the term διάκονος with either the masculine or the feminine definite article. In the former case it is to be translatedExpand
The Ordination of Women in the Early Middle Ages
The author analyzes a number of references to the ordination of women in the early Middle Ages in light of the meaning given to ordination at that time and in the context of the ministries of earlyExpand
117-43, in The Byzantines
  • 1997
See Judith Herrin
  • Search of Byzantine Women: Three Avenues of Approach
  • 1983
Ayvali Kilise ou Pigeonnier de Giilli Dere : figlise inedite de Cappadoce
  • Cahiers archeologiques
  • 1965
Church of the Ancient Councils, 245, raises a similar caution in his discussion of the significance of canon 15 of Chalcedon with respect to the status of the female diaconate