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Ephesian Women in Greco-Roman and Early Christian Perspective
Karaman, Elif Hilal

TŁbingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2018 pp. xiii + 193. $104.00

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Wissenschaftliche Untersuchungen zum Neuen Testament, 2/474

Description: In this volume, Elif Hilal Karaman examines the lives of Ephesian women in their historical and social contexts, considering in particular their roles as mothers, wives, teachers, and individuals in the private and public spheres. She presents Greco-Roman and early Christian sources relevant to Ephesus and relating to women, including more than 300 Ephesian inscriptions, and analyses them comparatively. By doing this she illuminates the impact of early Christianity upon the roles of women. The evidence presented demonstrates the extent to which early Christian authors utilized Greco-Roman cultural elements to construct a social background for the nascent Christian communities for whom they wrote. Elif Hilal Karaman's work thus advocates for the interpretation of early Christian texts in conversation with local archaeological and literary evidence in order to develop more nuanced understandings of the social and historical contexts of these important works.

Subjects: Early Christian Literature, Literature, Methods, Historical Approaches, History, Greco-Roman Period, Social-Scientific Approaches, Anthropology, Sociology, Ideological Critique, Feminist Approaches

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Review by Jill E. Marshall
Published 6/27/2019
Citation: Jill E. Marshall, review of Elif Hilal Karaman, Ephesian Women in Greco-Roman and Early Christian Perspective, Review of Biblical Literature [] (2019).

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