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Enslaved Leadership in Early Christianity

Katherine Shaner


Slaves were ubiquitous in the first- and second-century CE Roman Empire, and early Christian texts reflect this fact. This book argues that enslaved persons engaged in leadership roles in civic and religious activities. Such roles created tension within religious groups, including second-century communities connected with Paul’s legacy. Archaeological materials, epigraphy, and literature from Ephesos and environs illustrate these power struggles with clarity. Enslaved persons were religious specialists, priests, and leaders in cultic groups, including early Christian groups. Thus, the book pai ... More

Keywords: slavery, Paul, Ignatius, Ephesos, Philemon, 1 Timothy, archaeology, Paullus Fabius Persicus, Parthian Reliefs, early Christianity

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780190275068
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190275068.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Katherine Shaner, author
Assistant Professor of New Testament, Wake Forest University School of Divinity