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Title: Seeking Matrology
Subtitle: A Reconsideration of the Under-/Misrepresentation of Early Church Women
Author(s): HAWKE, Shé Mackenzie
Journal: Studies in Spirituality
Volume: 30    Date: 2020   
Pages: 229-251
DOI: 10.2143/SIS.30.0.3288720

Abstract :
The roles of women through whom a Matrology might be derived, are examined here in two ways: firstly, and according to apocryphal, historical and contemporary interpretations, through precarious gender relations of the political and historical context of the patriarchal Greco-Roman world; and secondly, by analysing both reductionist and inclusive accounts of women’s witness and role in the early Christian Church as ascetics, translators, benefactors, teachers and companion equals to early Church Fathers. That this disparity, and further omission of women from the Christian canon has been sustained until the twenty first century, makes such a study and reconsideration imperative to the veracity of studies in spirituality and theology.

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