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A Modest Apostle: Thecla and the History of Women in the Early Church

Susan E. Hylen


The New Testament and other early Christian writings point to leadership roles for women at the same time that they affirm cultural norms of women’s modesty and silence. A Modest Apostle offers a new way of understanding this contradictory evidence for women’s lives. Challenging the view that women leaders were exceptions to the rule or evidence of heretical communities that encouraged women’s participation, the book argues that modesty and leadership were ideals that Roman culture held together. Women were expected to take active roles in the pursuit of familial and community interests, even ... More

Keywords: women, early church, Thecla, 1 Timothy, modesty, marriage, women’s leadership

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780190243821
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190243821.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Susan E. Hylen, author
Associate Professor of New Testament, Candler School of Theology, Emory University