What did Women do for the Early Church? The Recent History of a Question

  title={What did Women do for the Early Church? The Recent History of a Question},
  author={Judith M. Lieu},
  journal={Studies in Church History},
  pages={261 - 281}
  • J. Lieu
  • Published 2013
  • History
  • Studies in Church History
The question posed in the title deliberately reverses one that has accompanied me through my academic career: what did the early church do for women? The reversal signals what will prove to be an underlying theme of what follows, namely the role of women in history as objects or as the subjects of action and of discourse. Yet already the question as conventionally phrased highlights different points of stress that reflect where it belongs within reflective historiography, the subject of this… 
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