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Script(ur)ing gender in acts: The past and present power of imperium

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In an attempt to think about gender in Acts this chapter especially interested in how this text thinks with gender - how gender is intertwined with the wider range of discourses that intersect to make up the tapestry of early Christian culture. The broader configuration that is explored in the chapter involves more specifically the intersection of gender, religion, colonial/territorial expansion and the appropriation and redeployment of a particular historical and cultural past. It is the authors’ contention, moreover, that to appreciate fully the discourses related to sexuality and gender in early Christianity an examination is necessary regarding the ways in which these texts can be calibrated with wider discursive threads apparent elsewhere in the ancient Mediterranean world. The power of imperium evident in colonization was one of the many features of imperial rule lauded in Roman political and cultural iconography.

Keywords: Acts; early Christian culture; gender; power of imperium; Roman Empire



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