Women, Work and Leadership in Acts 978-3-16-152779-1 - Mohr Siebeck
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Teresa J. Calpino

Women, Work and Leadership in Acts

[Frauen, Arbeit und Führung in der Apostelgeschichte.]

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How are depictions of the ideal woman in Greco-Roman literature at variance with the descriptions of Tabitha and Lydia in Acts of the Apostles? Teresa Calpino analyzes the relationship of their stories to Greco-Roman literature and culture, and how this opens out important aspects of women in early Christianity.
Teresa J. Calpino's social-historical examination opens out the significance of two women often bypassed in studies of Acts of the Apostles, Tabitha (Acts 9:36—43) and Lydia (Acts 16:11—15). In this first ever work to analyze these women as a pair, Calpino takes special notice of the ways in which depictions of the ideal woman in Greco-Roman literature are at variance with the descriptions of Tabitha and Lydia. She uncovers the signals to the Greco-Roman audience concerning each woman's portrait, as single, financially independent and socially respected as benefactresses, but each in her own unique manner. While recognizing certain differences in the societal parameters and cultural conventions that still held in the Greek East and Roman West, the author shows how each woman clearly belongs to the new movement across the Empire in which women take a more active part in business and commerce, as leaders and entrepreneurs. The particular cameo appearance of each woman reflects in an important manner that rather than shrinking into the background, women continued to play a vital role in post-Pauline, emergent Christianity.
Authors/Editors

Teresa J. Calpino Born 1963; 2012 PhD in New Testament and Early Christianity; currently Lecturer at Loyola University Chicago.

Reviews

The following reviews are known:

In: Religious Studies Review — 41 (2015), S. 115 (Mitzi J. Smith)
In: Theologische Revue — 111 (2015), S. 202–203 (Anni Hentschel)
In: Review of Biblical Literature — http://www.bookreviews.org (08/2015) (Deborah Thompson Prince)
In: Recherches de Science Religieuse — 104 (2016), S. 255–256 (M. Rastoin)
In: Ephemerides Theologicae Lovaniens. — 93 (2017), S. 543–546 (Christoph Stenschke)