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Title: Is there a Case for Elite Roman 'New Women' Causing Division at Corinth?
Author(s): MASSEY, Preston T.
Journal: Revue Biblique
Volume: 118    Issue: 1   Date: 2011   
Pages: 76-93
DOI: 10.2143/RBI.118.1.3206330

Abstract :
Bruce Winter has developed a case that elite Roman 'new women' brought into the church at Corinth a style of dress that was offensive and disruptive to church unity, as well as an affront to Rome itself. As a response to this avant-garde feminine independence, Winter situates the ἀγγέλοι of 1 Cor. 11.10 and the ἰδιώται of 1 Cor. 14.23-24 as agents of the State who are sent to investigate the behavior of such Christian women at worship. This study considers Winter’s novel claim and concludes that the evidence does not justify such an interpretation.



Bruce Winter a émis l’hypothèse que les «nouvelles dames» de l’élite romaine auraient importé dans l’Église de Corinthe un style vestimentaire qui aurait été désobligeant, contraire à l’unité de l’Église, et même, un affront pour Rome. Winter considère les ἀγγέλοι de 1 Cor 11,10 et les ἰδιώται de 1 Cor 14,23-24 comme des agents de l’État, réagissant à cette indépendance de l’avant-garde féminine, et chargés d’enquêter sur le comportement de ces dames chrétiennes lors des célébrations. Notre étude examine la nouvelle hypothèse de Winter, et conclut que les données ne la justifient pas.

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