Book Review: When Women Were Priests

Reblogging for future reference:

Edge Induced Cohesion

When Women Were Priests:  Women’s Leadership In The Early Church & The Scandal Of Their Subordination In The Rise Of Christianity, by Karen Jo Torjesen

This book has a terrible title, but it is not a terrible book.  That does not make it a good book, though.  This is the sort of book that one must handle carefully, in that it does provide some insights into the place of women in the early church as well as its implications for the contemporary church.  The author does not prove her point that women were indeed priests, and actively sabotages her point by admitting at the beginning that the term diakonos is translated as minister or priest based on whether one is a Catholic or a Protestant.  Truth be told, men were not priests during the time of the early church either, at least not as it would have been understood by…

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My name is James Pate. This blog is about my journey. I read books. I watch movies and TV shows. I go to church. I try to find meaning. And, when I can’t do that, I just talk about stuff that I find interesting. I have degrees in fields of religious studies. I have an M.Phil. in the History of Biblical Interpretation from Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati, Ohio. I also have an M.A. in Hebrew Bible from Jewish Theological Seminary, an M.Div. from Harvard Divinity School, and a B.A. from DePauw University.
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