9. Physiotherapy of Femininity in Early Christianity: Ideology and Practice
Jesus and Addiction to Origins - Toward an Anthropocentric Study of Religion - Willi Braun
Willi Braun [+]
University of Alberta
Willi Braun is a Professor Emeritus in the Department of History and Classics and the Program in Religious Studies at the University of Alberta, Canada. He is the former President of the North American Association for the Study of Religion and also the past President of the Canadian Society of Biblical Studies. Although a specialist in the writings and social formations of earliest Christianities in the Roman empire, his work also focuses on the methods and theories of the academic study of religion itself. He has published and presented his work widely and served as editor of a variety of books and journals, including his longtime role as editor of Method and Theory in the Study of Religion; most recently, he co-edited Reading J. Z. Smith: Interviews and Essay (Oxford, 2018).
For the purpose of provoking historiographical thought and meditation on early Christian liberationist rhetoric, this chapter asks if some modern feminists’ claims to have found in the cracks and beneath the early Christian textual corpus moments of women’s liberation is, in the final analysis, not wishful thinking and thus a discovery that is not historical as much as mythographical, grounded in a desire for authoritative and authorizing precedents, for foremothers to contemporary women’s struggles.