Lecture or Seminar

Jesus’ Female Disciples Lecture Series - Lecture 2

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.

Refreshments provided.

About the speaker

Joan Taylor

Joan Taylor is Professor of Christian Origins and Second Temple Judaism at King’s College London and is a leading expert on the world of Jesus, with a focus on history and archaeology. She has authored numerous books and articles, notably The Immerser: John the Baptist within Second Temple Judaism (1997), situating John in his historical, cultural and religious context.

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Murdoch University, 90 South Street, Murdoch, WA

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For more information about the lecture series, please email Rowan Strong  r.strong@murdoch.edu.au

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