The fetishization of female exempla: Mary, Thecla, Perpetua and Felicitas

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Parkhouse, Sarah 2017. The fetishization of female exempla: Mary, Thecla, Perpetua and Felicitas. New Testament Studies. 63 (4), pp. 567 - 587. https://doi.org/10.1017/S0028688517000157
AuthorsParkhouse, Sarah
Abstract

Mary, Thecla, Perpetua and Felicitas are often seen as female exempla both in the early Christian world and in their modern reception. They are considered model teachers, martyrs and apostles, and counter-cultural as they surpass the normative gender hierarchy. Yet, the texts that tell their stories are not so clear-cut. In characterising their protagonists, they repeatedly place them in sexualized or subordinate roles – they are condescended to, distrusted and exhibited. In the end, the women are favoured by the divine but hold little power over their male peers. Even as these texts appear to challenge the patriarchal society from which they stem, they reinscribe it.

Year2017
JournalNew Testament Studies
Journal citation63 (4), pp. 567 - 587
ISSN1469-8145
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1017/S0028688517000157
Scopus EID2-s2.0-85030123635
Page range567 - 587
Research GroupInstitute for Religion and Critical Inquiry
EditorsF. Watson
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