Women Leaders in Early Christianity
September 21, 2023 6:30pm
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Thursdays, September 14-October 12, 6:30-8 PM, via Zoom.
A recent, sensational archaeological discovery at Kenchreai (the eastern port city of Corinth) has highlighted the importance of women leaders in the early church. Archaeologist Joseph Rife (Vanderbilt) and his team uncovered an octagonal monument to Phoebe, the deaconess and patroness whom Paul commends in Romans 16:1-2 ! Pictures of this exciting monument will be shared and the implications will be explored. With this discovery as the starting point, Professor Larry Welborn of Fordham University will examine all the women leaders who are mentioned in early Christian literature: Lydia (in Acts), Prisca (in 1 Corinthians and Romans), Chloe (in 1 Corinthians), Euodia and Syntyche (in Philippians), Phoebe (in Romans), Junia (in Romans), Thecla (in the Acts of Paul), Perpetua (in the account of her martyrdom), and Macrina (in Gregory's Life of his sister).