Dying to Be Men: Gender and Language in Early Christian Martyr Texts
New York: Columbia University Press, 2008 pp. xiii + 208. $50.00
Gender, Theory, and Religion
Description: At once brave and athletic, virtuous and modest, female martyrs in the second and third centuries were depicted as self-possessed gladiators who at the same time exhibited the quintessentially "womanly" qualities of modesty, fertility, and beauty. L. Stephanie Cobb explores the double embodiment of "male" and "female" gender ideals in these figures, connecting them to Greco-Roman virtues and the construction of Christian group identities.
Subjects: Early Christian Literature, Literature
Review by Jan Willem van Henten
Citation: Jan Willem van Henten, review of L.†Stephanie Cobb, Dying to Be Men: Gender and Language in Early Christian Martyr Texts, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2009).
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