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Voices of Early Christian Women


The Church venerates among its saints several Early Christian women whose teaching and wisdom contribute to the depth of our theological heritage. Their inspired voices can be heard at work witnessing: in the New Testament, in the early centuries of the Church Fathers and throughout the Byzantine era. Readers will find this volume bringing female leaders from the Early Church to life from the traditional ancient sources and sharing their experience of the presence of God. Their remembered advice to followers still illuminates issues of faith and justice which bind us together as Christians today.
SKU (ISBN): 978-1-4632-4255-8
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Publication Date: Mar 22,2021
Interior Color: Black
Trim Size: 6 x 9
Page Count: 236
Languages: English
ISBN: 978-1-4632-4255-8
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The Church venerates among its saints several Early Christian women whose teaching and wisdom contribute to the depth of our theological heritage. Their inspired voices can be heard at work witnessing: in the New Testament, in the early centuries of the Church Fathers and throughout the Byzantine era. Readers will find this volume bringing female leaders from the Early Church to life from the traditional ancient sources and sharing their experience of the presence of God. Their remembered advice to followers still illuminates issues of faith and justice which bind us together as Christians today. 

 

 

2021 Winner Best Indie Book Award for Religion/Spiritual

 

 

 

Praise for From Their Lips: Voices of Early Christian Women:

“In her engrossing book, From Their Lips: Voices of Early Christian Women, V.K. McCarty brings to light the contributions of Early Christian women in the formation of the Christian tradition. When one wakens to a sense of God’s gifts to us in our life history, talents, gender, and faith experience, the world looks different. McCarty joins a growing group of Christian scholars asking probing questions about women who have been obscured by patriarchal attitudes. In many cases they have been hiding in plain sight, known chiefly for their relationship to prominent men: Lydia from the Acts of the Apostles, Macrina, sister to the Cappadocian Fathers, Helena, mother of the Emperor Constantine. With her meticulous scholarship these women emerge as compelling witnesses to Christ and crucial participants in the life of the early Jesus Movement. With other women theologians enriching the modern Church, McCarty helps us to see them as part of the historic witness of women in the Church. This book recognizes their vital leadership and redresses a lamentable suppression of women’s voices that has impoverished the Church for too long.”  

The Rev. Clark Berge, Former Minister General of the Society of St. Francis, author of Running to Resurrection

 

“In the dozen sketches given here—from Lydia in first century Philippi to Anna Komnena in the twelfth-century Byzantine imperial court—V.K. McCarty offers very rich, and enriching, insights into the remarkable lives that women have played in the Church, which are sure to inspire many today.”

V.Rev. Prof. John Behr, Regius Professor in Humanity, University of Aberdeen, author of The Mystery of Christ

 

“Martyrs and donors, empresses and nuns, composers of hymns and of histories: here are inspirational women from the first Christian centuries. Their stories, retold with lively scholarship, encourage change and renewal in the churches of today.”

Dr. Gillian Clark, Professor Emerita, University of Bristol, author of Women in Late Antiquity: Pagan and Christian Lifestyles

 

The Church venerates among its saints several Early Christian women whose teaching and wisdom contribute to the depth of our theological heritage. Their inspired voices can be heard at work witnessing: in the New Testament, in the early centuries of the Church Fathers and throughout the Byzantine era. Readers will find this volume bringing female leaders from the Early Church to life from the traditional ancient sources and sharing their experience of the presence of God. Their remembered advice to followers still illuminates issues of faith and justice which bind us together as Christians today. 

 

 

2021 Winner Best Indie Book Award for Religion/Spiritual

 

 

 

Praise for From Their Lips: Voices of Early Christian Women:

“In her engrossing book, From Their Lips: Voices of Early Christian Women, V.K. McCarty brings to light the contributions of Early Christian women in the formation of the Christian tradition. When one wakens to a sense of God’s gifts to us in our life history, talents, gender, and faith experience, the world looks different. McCarty joins a growing group of Christian scholars asking probing questions about women who have been obscured by patriarchal attitudes. In many cases they have been hiding in plain sight, known chiefly for their relationship to prominent men: Lydia from the Acts of the Apostles, Macrina, sister to the Cappadocian Fathers, Helena, mother of the Emperor Constantine. With her meticulous scholarship these women emerge as compelling witnesses to Christ and crucial participants in the life of the early Jesus Movement. With other women theologians enriching the modern Church, McCarty helps us to see them as part of the historic witness of women in the Church. This book recognizes their vital leadership and redresses a lamentable suppression of women’s voices that has impoverished the Church for too long.”  

The Rev. Clark Berge, Former Minister General of the Society of St. Francis, author of Running to Resurrection

 

“In the dozen sketches given here—from Lydia in first century Philippi to Anna Komnena in the twelfth-century Byzantine imperial court—V.K. McCarty offers very rich, and enriching, insights into the remarkable lives that women have played in the Church, which are sure to inspire many today.”

V.Rev. Prof. John Behr, Regius Professor in Humanity, University of Aberdeen, author of The Mystery of Christ

 

“Martyrs and donors, empresses and nuns, composers of hymns and of histories: here are inspirational women from the first Christian centuries. Their stories, retold with lively scholarship, encourage change and renewal in the churches of today.”

Dr. Gillian Clark, Professor Emerita, University of Bristol, author of Women in Late Antiquity: Pagan and Christian Lifestyles

 

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VKMcCarty

V.K. McCarty lectures on Ascetical Theology at General Theological Seminary, where she earned an M.A. cum laude in Biblical Studies and served for many years as Acquisitions Librarian. She earned an M. Mus. from the University of Louisville. Her published work focuses on Early Christian women and Byzantine Studies.

Acknowledgements .................................................................. ix
Abbreviations .......................................................................... xi
Foreword ............................................................................... xiii
Introduction .............................................................................. 1
I. Early Voices, Early Women’s Ministry ............................15
Chapter I.1 Lydia: Speaking Up to the Apostles ....................... 17
Chapter I.2 The Voice of St. Thekla: Inwardly Tuned by God .... 41
Chapter I.3 Queen Tryphaena: The Lord’s Refuge in Hospitality ... 57
Chapter I.4 Perpetua’s Story in Her Own Words: Hope Facing
Martyrdom ...................................................................... 67
II. The Long Byzantine Hymn of Praise..............................83
Chapter II.1 St. Helena: Becoming A Christian Roman Empress .... 85
Chapter II.2 Divine Fire: The Mystic St. Syncletica Speaks .... 103
Chapter II.3 St. Macrina: Teaching Gregory of Nyssa On the
Progress of the Soul ....................................................... 115
Chapter II.4 The Deaconess Olympias: Soulmate of St. John
Chrysostom ................................................................... 127
Chapter II.5 The Hymnographer Kassia: Chanting the
Incarnation .................................................................... 143
III. New Theklas and New Helenas .................................. 157
Chapter III.1 Empresses Speak of Philanthropia: Following the
Command of Christ ....................................................... 159
Chapter III.2 Anna Komnene’s Alexiad: The Voice of the Good
Daughter (Kale Thugater) ............................................... 177
Bibliography ......................................................................... 195
Indices .................................................................................. 217

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