Women in Early Christianity: liberation and suppression
In the very last texts of the New Testament to be written, women are ordered to keep silent when the community meets and their role as teachers and pastoral workers is mocked. Yet the earliest writings show women in substantial leadership roles, enjoying a new freedom from male authority. We will chart this change step by step, acknowledging its tragic consequences, but also gaining clarity about the nature of the liberation many women experienced in the earliest Christian communities.
This course takes place at Swarthmoor Hall near Ulveston in the Lake District. Originally the home of Judge Thomas Fell and Margaret Fell, today its historic building and beautiful gardens are a wonderful back drop for courses and retreats.
Timothy Ashworth is Biblical Studies Tutor. He is especially interested in how the experiences of the first Christians shaped their writings and ways of life. He is also Interfaith Coordinator, engaged in our ecumenical as as inferfaith work.
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