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Ordained Women in the Early Church: A Documentary History Hardcover – June 22, 2005

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The richly varied texts introduce us to a remarkable group of women.

(Rev. Dr. John Binns Church Times)

An invaluable resource for all who are interested in the historical evidence relating to the ordination of women as deacons and presbyters in the early centuries up to roughly the sixth century.

(Mary Coloe Review of Biblical Literature)

Kevin Madigan and Carolyn Osiek's collection and analysis of the historical documents on the topic is important and relevant to church historians and modern church leaders alike.

(Review of Biblical Literature)

Kevin Madigan and Carolyn Osiek... have done the important work of bringing together into one volume all known Greek and Latin references to women deacons and presbyters.

(Andrew Gregory Church of England Newspaper)

Thanks to this work, most of the pieces of the jig saw of the history of women in the diaconate are laid out before us.

(Distinctive Diaconate)

A masterful compilation and translation.

(Phyllis Zagano Theological Studies)

Madigan and Osiek bring considerable scholarly expertise and experience to this difficult task.

(Bonnie Flessen Currents in Theology and Mission)

A thorough, well-researched, and lucid documentary history.

(Daniel Keating Henoch)

Finally, readers have a single compendium in English of the evidence that women did hold church office as deacon, presbyter, and bishop, not simply as spouses of male officeholders and not in heretical sects but in their own right and in the Catholic Church.

(Maureen A. Tilley Catholic Biblical Quarterly)

No academic library (and particularly seminary library) will want to be without this book.

(Leslie Baynes Religious Studies Review)

An excellent resource for deeper study of original texts as well as for informed entry into current ecclesial discussions of practice and polity.

(Francine Cardman Journal of Religion)

It is impossible to come away from this excellent, erudite and evenly argued book without some very uncomfortable questions about how women in the church have from the beginning been fitted into wider society's conception of what is appropriate and expedient.

(Morwenna Ludlow New Blackfriars)

Madigan and Osiek have produced the best, most comprehensive, and extremely useful documentary history to date regarding the ordination of women in the early church.

(William Tabbernee Catholic Historical Review)

This publication will be very welcome to a wide audience that will include interested general readers as well as more advanced students of the history of early Christianity and will make a substantial contribution to the field.

(Robin Jensen, Vanderbilt University Divinity School, author of Face to Face: The Portrait of the Divine in Early Christianity)

From the Back Cover

In a time when the ordination of women is an ongoing and passionate debate, the study of women's ministry in the early church is timely and significant. With this book, church historians Kevin Madigan and Carolyn Osiek present fully translated literary, epigraphical, and canonical references to women in early church offices. Through these documents, Madigan and Osiek seek to understand who these women were and how they related to and were received by the church through the sixth century. They chart women's participation in church office and their eventual exclusion from its leadership roles.

"Madigan and Osiek have produced the best, most comprehensive, and extremely useful documentary history to date regarding the ordination of women in the early church."― Catholic Historical Review

"An invaluable resource for all who are interested in the historical evidence relating to the ordination of women as deacons and presbyters in the early centuries up to roughly the sixth century."― Review of Biblical Literature

"An excellent resource for deeper study of original texts as well as for informed entry into current ecclesial discussions of practice and polity."― Journal of Religion

"A masterful compilation and translation."― Theological Studies

"Finally, readers have a single compendium in English of the evidence that women did hold church office as deacon, presbyter, and bishop, not simply as spouses of male officeholders and not in heretical sects but in their own right and in the Catholic Church."― Catholic Biblical Quarterly

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press (June 22, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0801879329
  • ISBN-13: 978-0801879326
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,942,980 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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An essential book for folks who don't read Greek or Latin as it provides translations of original source materials documenting the ecclesiastical leadership of women in the early church. This history has been intentionally hidden for centuries and as this information came to light it was only available to academics and scholars. This makes these original source materials available to anyone interested in better understanding the role women played in the development and administration of the early church - something the modern church desperately needs to understand.
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Okay as far as tracts go. The title is slightly misleading and would give the impression that you once had Women Priests in the Early Church. When that is not the case and no evidence is provided in the pamphlet that suggests this scenario - such women were more a simple deaconate - role they played is similar to Women in Lay Leadership in the Catholic church today. Other than that, it is a decent and quick read.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By land lover on July 29, 2014
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WONDERFULLY WRITTEN AND WELL DOCUMENTED. A MUST READ.
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6 of 15 people found the following review helpful By C. J. Skamarakas on September 17, 2011
Format: Hardcover
This is a fairly short compilation of original sources in English combined with commentary. Well written, excellent research. Definitely worth checking out.
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