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Title Dying to be men : gender and language in early Christian martyr texts / L. Stephanie Cobb.
Imprint New York : Columbia University Press, [2008]


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Description 1 online resource (xiii, 208 pages)
Series Gender, theory, and religion
Gender, theory, and religion.
Bibliog. Includes bibliographical references (pages 185-201) and index.
Note Available only to authorized UTEP users.
In English.
Print version record.
Subject Martyrologies -- History and criticism.
Martyrdom -- Christianity -- Early works to 1800.
Sex role -- Religious aspects -- Christianity -- History of doctrines -- Early church, ca. 30-600.
Church history -- Primitive and early church, ca. 30-600.
Genre Electronic books.
Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Early works.
Contents Introduction: constructing identity through cultural appropriation -- What is a Christian? Constructing a Christian identity -- Noble athletes: gladiatorial, athletic, and martial imagery in the martyr acts -- Be a man: narrative tools of masculinization in early Christian martyr acts -- Putting women in their place: masculinizing and feminizing the female martyr -- Conclusion: gender and language in early Christian martyr texts.
Summary "Imbuing female martyrs with the same strengths as their male counterparts served a vital function in Christian communities. Faced with the possibility of persecution, Christians sought to inspire both men and women to be braver than pagan and Jewish men. Yet within the community itself, traditional gender roles had to be maintained, and despite the call to be manly, Christian women were expected to remain womanly in relation to the men of their faith. Complicating our understanding of the social freedoms enjoyed by early Christian women, Cobb's investigation reveals the dual function of gendered language in martyr texts and its importance in laying claim to social power."--Jacket.
Other Title Print version: Cobb, L. Stephanie. Dying to be men. New York : Columbia University Press, ©2008 0231144989