Band of Angels: The Forgotten World of Early Christian Women

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9781468309393: Band of Angels: The Forgotten World of Early Christian Women

In this inspiring histoy of the early Christian movement, award-winning historian Kate Cooper paints a vivid picture of the triumphs and hardships of the mothers of the church.

According to most recorded history, women in the ancient world lived invisibly. Piecing together their story from the few contemproary accounts that have survived required painstaking detective work by Cooper, but it renders the past and the present in a new light.

Band of Angels tells the remarkable story of how a new understanding of relationships took root in the ancient world. Women from all walks of life played an invaluable role in Christianity's rapid expansion. Their story is a testament to what unseen people can achieve, and how the power of ideas can change the world, on household at a time.

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About the Author:

Kate Cooper is  Professor of Ancient History at the University of Machester. Born in Washington, DC, she was educated at Princeton, Harvard, and Wesletan universities.

Review:

"A distinguished ancient historian’s elegant study of the extraordinary women who helped lay the foundations of the early Christian church...Engaging reading for specialists and general readers alike." —Kirkus Reviews

Advance praise for Band of Angels:

“This remarkable book is the best sort of engaged history, looking at familiar texts in new ways, while also revealing unfamiliar personalities and sources covering five centuries of early Christian development.  It offers reflection on the meanings for contemporary Christian Churches which emerge from the stories that it tells.  It makes an elegant and enjoyable contribution to unravelling centuries of unwarranted assumptions about the role of women in ministry and Christian life.” -—Diarmaid MacCulloch, New York Times bestselling author of Christianity: The First Three Thousand Years

"I don't quite know another book like this one...One great gift of this book involves women's agency. Contrary to the worn-out canard that Roman women "were just property," Cooper explains how Roman law allowed widows and even daughters control over property and wide room for influence... Cooper has presented us with a wide-ranging, informative study. I admire her learning and her guidance, and she knows how to lead an audience. I am especially grateful that she chose to follow the lives of individual women rather than to build an abstract argument." —Huffington Post

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