When Women Were Priests: Women's Leadership in the Early Church and the Scandal of Their Subordination in the Rise of Christianity

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Paperback. Pub Date: 1995 Pages: 278 in Publisher: HarperSanFrancisco This landmark book reveals not only that women were priests. Bishops. And prophets in early Christianity but also how and why they were then suppressed.

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This landmark book reveals not only that women were priests, bishops, and prophets in early Christianity, but also how and why they were then suppressed.

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A powerful work of synthesis. Torjesen is nothing short of brilliant in tracing the connection between the church's move from private to public spheres and the corresponding move to suppress women's leadership. The cumulative effect of the book's argument is to make more rationally urgent than ever the removal of this scandal. --Elizabeth A. Johnson, author of She Who Is

Absolutely first rate! --Jouette M. Bassler, associate editor, The HarperCollins Study Bible

Brilliantly lays bare the historic roots of the church's prejudice against women. A powerful, revealing, insightful book. --RT. REV. John S. Spong, Bishop of Newark

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