Elif Hilal Karaman

Ephesian Women in Greco-Roman and Early Christian Perspective

[Ephesische Frauen aus griechisch-römischer und frühchristlicher Perspektive.]

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Elif Hilal Karaman examines the lives of Ephesian women by comparing literary and archaeological data from Ephesus with early Christian writings, including New Testament letters and the writings of the bishops. She shows that early Christian literature drew upon cultural elements from their surrounding Greco-Roman world.
In this volume, Elif Hilal Karaman examines the lives of Ephesian women in their historical and social contexts, considering in particular their roles as mothers, wives, teachers, and individuals in the private and public spheres. She presents Greco-Roman and early Christian sources relevant to Ephesus and relating to women, including more than 300 Ephesian inscriptions, and analyses them comparatively. By doing this she illuminates the impact of early Christianity upon the roles of women. The evidence presented demonstrates the extent to which early Christian authors utilized Greco-Roman cultural elements to construct a social background for the nascent Christian communities for whom they wrote. Elif Hilal Karaman's work thus advocates for the interpretation of early Christian texts in conversation with local archaeological and literary evidence in order to develop more nuanced understandings of the social and historical contexts of these important works.

Elif Hilal Karaman Born 1985; 2007 BA from Dokuz Eylul University, Izmir, Turkey; 2009 MA and 2015 PhD from the University of Manchester, Manchester, UK; since 2016 Research Associate in the Department of History of Religions at the Faculty of Divinity, Dokuz Eylul University, Izmir, Turkey.


The following reviews are known:

In: Adamantius — 27 (2021), pp. 500–502 (Maria Dell'Isola)
In: Bulletin for Biblical Research — 30 (2020), pp. 161–163 (Charles Nathan Ridlehoover)
In: The Polish Journal of Bibl. Research — 18 (2019), pp. 177–179 (Zdzislaw J. Kapera)
In: Religious Studies Review — 46 (2020), pp. 96–97 (John K. Goodrich)
In: New Testament Abstracts — 63 (2019), S. 548
In: Review of Biblical Literature — (6/2019) (Jill E. Marshall)
In: Journal for the Study of the NT — 41.5 (2019), S. 107–108 (Diana Woodcock)