By Anna Rebecca Solevåg
In Birthing Salvation Anna Rebecca Solevag explores the topic of childbearing in early Christian discourse. The publication maps the significance of women's childbearing in Greco-Roman tradition and indicates how childbearing discourse interfaces with salvation discourse in 3 early Christian texts: the Pastoral Epistles, the Acts of Andrew and the Martyrdom of Perpetua and Felicitas. problems with gender and sophistication are explored via an intersectional research. specifically, the establishment of slavery, and its implications for concepts approximately salvation in those texts are drawn out. Birthing Salvation bargains clean interpretations of those texts, together with the bizarre assertion in 1 Tim 2:15 that girls "will be stored via childbearing."
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The double meaning of virtus [virtue, manliness] and ἀνδρεία [courage, manliness]). Being manly is always a positive value, even when applied to a woman. 119 The requirement of mastery, of always being “on top,” also meant that a true man should always play the “active,” penetrative role in sexual relations. 120 To have the active role as penetrator was the prerogative of the adult, free male. In conjunction with this idea about sexuality, the piercing of flesh through violence was dreaded by men, because it was considered womanish and passive.
64 Cooper, The Virgin and the Bride. Idealized Womanhood in Late Antiquity, 55. Emphasis original. 65 Martin, Sex and the Single Savior. Gender and Sexuality in Biblical Interpretation, 88. 61 on waves, discourses and intersections 23 dichotomy that was earlier constructed between ascetic and married women. ” Secondly, men were also attracted to asceticism, thus “autonomy” should not be seen as the primary reason for choosing a celibate lifestyle. Finally, Lehtipuu argues that few women actually made the choice of celibacy themselves.
94 The material chosen for this study reflects the language difference between east and west. 91 Michel Foucault, Power/Knowledge, ed. Colin Gordon (New York: Pantheon Books, 1980), 114. g. Jorunn Økland, Women in Their Place. Paul and the Corinthian Discourse of Gender and Sanctuary Space, JSNTSup (London: T&T Clark, 2004); Castelli, Imitating Paul. A Discourse of Power; Stichele and Penner, Contextualizing Gender in Early Christian Discourse. Thinking beyond Thecla. On the affinities of Christian and Roman discourses, see Cameron, Christianity and the Rhetoric of Empire.
Birthing Salvation: Gender and Class in Early Christian Childbearing Discourse by Anna Rebecca Solevåg