The Conversion of Women to Ascetic Forms of Christianity

  title={The Conversion of Women to Ascetic Forms of Christianity},
  author={Ross Shepard Kraemer},
  journal={Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society},
  pages={298 - 307}
  • R. Kraemer
  • Published 1 December 1980
  • History
  • Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society
Accounts of the conversion of women to ascetic forms of Christianity abound in a collection of texts known as the Apocryphal Acts of the Apostles. Extant in numerous languages, including Greek, Latin, Syriac, Coptic, and Arabic, these Acts often seem to be composite works containing diverse legends associated with the apostles of Jesus. Most scholars doubt that the apocryphal Acts reflect the actual histories of the apostles, or that they relate to the actual conversion experiences of… 
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