I sat down with Amy Brown Hughes and Lynn H. Cohick to talk about their book “Christian Women in the Patristic World: Their Influence, Authority, and Legacy in the Second through Fifth Centuries” (Baker, 2017). We discuss responsible remembering, the emphasis on martyrdom, asceticism, virginity, and the renunciation (or at least creative use) of money during the era, the ways women were impacting the development of the dynamic theology of the early church, how Thecla “becomes what any specific generation of the church needs her to be”, and – importantly – which woman from the era needs their own, sprawling, high-budget mini-series on whatever streaming platform needs quality content.
Lynn H. Cohick is provost and dean of Denver Seminary in Denver, Colorado. She is the author of Women in the World of the Earliest Christians and commentaries on Philippians and Ephesians. She is also coauthor of The New Testament in Antiquity.
Amy Brown Hughes is Assistant Professor of Theology at Gordon College in Wenham, Massachusetts. She received her Ph.D. in historical theology with an emphasis in early Christianity from Wheaton College, and is the co-host of the On Script Podcast, which has conversations on current biblical scholarship.
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