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The Gendered PalimpsestWomen, Writing, and Representation in Early Christianity$
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Kim Haines-Eitzen

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780195171297

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195171297.001.0001

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Women’s Literature?

Women’s Literature?

The Case of the Apocryphal Acts of the Apostles

(p.53) 3 Women’s Literature?
The Gendered Palimpsest

Kim Haines-Eitzen

Oxford University Press

Scholars have long questioned whether the Apocryphal Acts of the Apostles, which feature prominent female characters, could have been written by or for women. This chapter argues against such a claim on the basis of the physical features of the textual remains—on papyri and parchment—of these books: the features of handwriting, quality of papyrus and parchment, and so forth show that the readers for these texts were not qualitatively different from reader of other texts in early Christianity.

Keywords:   Apocryphal Acts, early Christianity, papyrus, parchment, readers, Thecla, women’s audience

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