The 'Attraction of Women' in/To Early Judaism and Christianity: Gender and the Politics of Conversion

@article{Lieu1999TheO,
  title={The 'Attraction of Women' in/To Early Judaism and Christianity: Gender and the Politics of Conversion},
  author={Judith M. Lieu},
  journal={Journal for the Study of the New Testament},
  year={1999},
  volume={21},
  pages={22 - 5}
}
  • J. Lieu
  • Published 1 April 1999
  • History
  • Journal for the Study of the New Testament
It has become a scholarly truism that women in particular were attracted to early Christianity, and, according to some, to Judaism. In the former case this has been attributed to the status Christianity offered women and has been much used in debates about the status of women in the contemporary church. This paper seeks to show that the sources frequently cited in support cannot be read as 'objective, his torical' evidence. Epigraphic records, particularly important for Judaism, function in the… 
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