Worth More than Many Sparrows - Essays in Honour of Willi Braun - Sarah E. Rollens

Worth More than Many Sparrows - Essays in Honour of Willi Braun - Sarah E. Rollens

Transgressing New Testament Classrooms with Thecla

Worth More than Many Sparrows - Essays in Honour of Willi Braun - Sarah E. Rollens

Anna Cwikla [+-]
University of Toronto
Anna Cwikla is a PhD candidate in the Department for the Study of Religion at the University of Toronto. Her research focuses on the literary function of women in early Christian texts.

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Once viewed as evidence of the leadership of women, Thecla in the Acts of Paul and Thecla is now seen as a narrative tool in the patriarchal literary and cultural landscape of ancient Christianity. Nevertheless, the disruptive nature of Thecla reverberates in classrooms and conferences in what remains the male-dominated field of early Christianity. This essay argues that while the character of Thecla is largely stymied by the interests of men in an ancient context, in modern contexts she transgresses boundaries not only with respect to gendered expectations but also as an apocryphal figure in an otherwise canonically centered field.

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Cwikla, Anna. Transgressing New Testament Classrooms with Thecla. Worth More than Many Sparrows - Essays in Honour of Willi Braun. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. Feb 2023. ISBN 9781800501973. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=43724. Date accessed: 07 Dec 2022 doi: 10.1558/equinox.43724. Feb 2023

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