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Birthing Salvation: Gender and Class in Early Christian Childbearing Discourse
Solevåg, Anna Rebecca

Leiden: Brill, 2013 pp. xiv + 288. $148.00

Series Information
Biblical Interpretation, 121
Edited by Paul Anderson and Yvonne Sherwood


Description: In this book Anna Rebecca Solevåg explores the theme of childbearing in early Christian discourse. The book maps the importance of women’s childbearing in Greco-Roman culture and shows how childbearing discourse interfaces with salvation discourse in three early Christian texts: the Pastoral Epistles, the Acts of Andrew and the Martyrdom of Perpetua and Felicitas. Issues of gender and class are explored through an intersectional analysis. In particular, the institution of slavery, and its implications for ideas about salvation in these texts are drawn out. Birthing Salvation offers fresh interpretations of these texts, including the peculiar statement in 1 Tim 2:15 that women “will be saved through childbearing.”

Subjects: Bible, Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha, Greco-Roman Literature, Early Christian Literature, Literature, Methods, Historical Approaches, Literary Approaches, Theological Approaches

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Review by Sarah E. Rollens
Published 3/20/2015
Citation: Sarah E. Rollens, review of Anna Rebecca Solevåg, Birthing Salvation: Gender and Class in Early Christian Childbearing Discourse, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2015).


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