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Diakonos and prostatis: Women’s patronage in Early Christianity

Carolyn Osiek
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 61, No 1/2 | a436 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v61i1/2.436 | © 2005 Carolyn Osiek | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 08 October 2005 | Published: 09 October 2005

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Carolyn Osiek, University of Pretoria, South Africa

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Abstract

In spite of numerous studies on the patronage system in Mediterranean antiquity, little attention has been paid to either how the patronage of women was part of the system or how it differed. In fact, there is substantial evidence for women’s exercise of both public and private patronage to women and men in the Greco-Roman world, by both elites and sub-elites. This information must then be applied to early Christian texts to infer how women’s patronage functioned in early house churches and Christian life.

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