You are invited to attend the Jesus' Female Disciples Lecture Series where you'll hear from The Murdoch University International Theologian for 2019, Professor Joan Taylor, King’s College, London.
Lecture 2: Silent Women? The Churches of Paul - Wednesday 18th September
The letters of Paul have often been resourced as indicating that in the earliest churches women were to keep silent in worship, and that their leadership roles should be restricted. We will look at how literary material was preserved and shaped, and used by different groups, and consider textual issues in Paul’s letters. We will also explore the defensive positions adopted in some early Christian texts, when faced with criticisms from wider society. We will then explore patterns of leadership, women co-workers with Paul and possible hidden women authors. We will look at the remarkable story of Thecla and consider the legacy of such women through the centuries.