Women in Their Place   -     By: Jorunn Okland
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Women in Their Place

Continuum International / 2005 / Paperback

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Women in Their Place examines 1 Corinthians 11-14 within the larger context of gender models and sanctuary spaces by relating exegesis to space, gender and discourse theories, to comparative archeological and historical material, and to ancient Greek, Roman, and Jewish cultural and cultic practices. It establishes a distinction between private, public and sacred/sanctuary space and argues that, in much of 1 Corinthians, Paul is concerned with the marking of firm boundaries around the sanctuary space established by rituals in the eklesia, which would effectively gender the church as a male space. The statements concerned with women's ritual roles and ritual clothing reflect ancient worldviews in which gender was cosmically founded. Jorunn Xkland provides an informed and illuminating examination of what Paul can tell us about divisions between sanctuary and other space, men and women, and ideas of public and private.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 304
Vendor: Continuum International
Publication Date: 2005
ISBN: 0567084078
ISBN-13: 9780567084071
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In Women in Their Place Jorunn Økland takes the archaeological remains at Corinth as a starting point from which to develop an interdisciplinary, theoretically informed reading of Paul's utterances on women in 1 Corinthians 11-14. In this section of the letter Paul deals with the ritual gatherings and describes the ekklesia as a of ritual space distinct from domestic space.

Økland assesses the text within a larger context of four different gender models found in temple architecture, rituals and literary texts. Whilst Paul's teaching in the letter effectively engendered 'church' as male space, his use of a variety of gender models left early Christian women with many other notions of ritual space to explore.

Author Bio

Jorunn ├śkland, professor of Gender Studies in the Humanities, Centre for Gender Research, University of Oslo (formerly Senior Lecturer in Biblical Studies, University of Sheffield). Author of Women in Their Place: Paul and the Corinthian Discourse of Gender and Sanctuary Space (2004).

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