The Bone Gatherers

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Beacon Press | Jul 01, 2008 | 312 Pages | 6 x 9 | ISBN 9780807013090

  • Paperback$18.00

    Beacon Press | Jul 01, 2008 | 312 Pages | 6 x 9 | ISBN 9780807013090

Praise

Nicola Denzey’s lively, readable book opens up a fascinating, long hidden world of early Christian women. This fine work not only lets us into their world, but shows how it was kept hidden so long. —Elaine Pagels, author of Reading Judas: The Gospel of Judas and the Shaping of Christianity and The Gnostic Gospels

“Denzey’s prose paints vivid pictures of the sites she visits . . . her densely layered inquiry is insightful and haunting.”—Publishers Weekly

“Unique in its restricted time/place focus, the study probes in-depth with a twenty-first-century feminist eye.”—Library Journal

“A masterful study written in a lively narrative style, The Bone Gatherers is pitched perfectly to both the interested general reader and to scholars. Denzey’s expert placing of the funerary images of early Christian and pagan women into their social and cultural milieus, and her rich, well-researched iconographical reading of ancient imagery helps us to see the changing roles of women—both Christian and pagan—during the early centuries of Christian Rome.”—Ann Steinsapir, museum educator, J. Paul Getty Museum, and author of Rural Sanctuaries in Roman Syria: The Creation of a Sacred Landscape

“Nicola Denzey’s impeccable scholarship and intimate and vivid style of writing makes tangible and credible the power of the holy that was mediated by women—women saints and women patrons. The Bone Gatherers allows the reader to transcend both historical and scholarly distance to encounter the forgotten women who also shaped Christianity.”—Karen Jo Torjesen, author of When Women Were Priests: Women’s Leadership in the Early Church and the Scandal of their Subordination in the Rise of Christianity

“A brilliantly argued book that weaves archeology, art history, and sociology; it’s refreshing that, unlike many historians, Denzey is a gifted writer and storyteller . . . Whether or not you’re religious, it’s a great feminist read.”—M. L. Madison, Feminist Review blog

“It should be consulted by all researchers in the religions of late antiquity and would make an excellent book for undergraduate courses on the literature and art of ancient Christianity.” —Review of Biblical Literature

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