Dying to Be Men

Dying to Be Men

Gender and Language in Early Christian Martyr Texts

eBook - 2008
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"Imbuing female martyrs with the same strengths as their male counterparts served a vital function in Christian communities. Faced with the possibility of persecution, Christians sought to inspire both men and women to be braver than pagan and Jewish men. Yet within the community itself, traditional gender roles had to be maintained, and despite the call to be manly, Christian women were expected to remain womanly in relation to the men of their faith. Complicating our understanding of the social freedoms enjoyed by early Christian women, Cobb's investigation reveals the dual function of gendered language in martyr texts and its importance in laying claim to social power."--Jacket.
Publisher: New York : Columbia University Press, Ă2008
ISBN: 9780231518208
023151820X
0231144989
9780231144988
Characteristics: 1 online resource (xiii, 208 pages)

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