The Blood of the Female Martyrs as the Sperm of the Early Church1

In: Religion and Theology
Johannes N. Vorster Department of New Testament University of South Africa P O Box 392, Pretoria, 0003 Republic of South Africa

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To what extent did early Christian martyr stories function as empowering the female body and contributing to an independent view of her 'self' and 'identity'? In the light of claims made, often motivated by political correctness, that certain early Christian traditions acknowledged, appreciated and promoted woman's agency in Graeco-Roman social interaction, it is argued that if the notion of a 'regulatory body' is taken into consideration, early Christian female bodies and identities were crushed both by the Roman Imperium and early Christian patriarchal leadership.

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