Crispina and Her Sisters: 4-Part Book Study Series with author Christine Schenk, CJS

Crispina and Her Sisters: Women and Authority in Early Christianity

Four-part interactive online book study series
with author Christine Schenk, CJS

DATES:  Held on Tuesday evenings
April 10, 2018
April 24, 2018
May 8, 2018
May 22, 2018

TIME:  8:00 - 9:30pm ET
COST:  $100 (book not included)


Join author Sr. Chris Schenk as we explore her groundbreaking new research into the visual imagery found on burial artifacts of prominent early Christian women. 

Beyond the literary evidence that was predominately shaped by men, Schenk gives us a new understanding of women's authority in Early Christianity by setting her eyes (and ours) on the funerary portraits of women.  Sarcophagus portraits of Christian women outnumber portraits of Christian men by three to one with females being shown with scrolls, speech gestures, and in-facing apostle figures, enhancing the their ecclesial authority. Schenk shows how the funerary evidence suggests that women exercised authority to a greater degree than previously recognized(p. xix).  

Overview of book study

April 10, 2018

Women in Early Christianity: Sociocultural and literary contexts--Female Authority Opposed (Chapters 1 and 2)

April 24, 2018

Interpreting Early Christian Art—Women and Catacomb Frescos (Chapters 3 and 4)

May 8, 2018

Crispina and Her Sisters—Portrait motifs signifying authority on Christian Sarcophagi (Chapters 5 and 6)

May, 22, 2018

More Portraits on Christian Sarcophagi -- Women and Authority: Integrating the Literary Evidence (Chapters 7 and 8)


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