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Fourth-century Aphrahat is characterized as misogynist, especially when he compares women to Satan. This may be an unintended result of contemporary Christian literature. The the eschatological context of Aphrahat’s asceticism, salvific role of Mary, victimization in Aphrahat’s work, and positive statements about women negotiate this view.
Publisher: Gorgias Press LLC
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SKU (ISBN): 978-1-4632-0087-9
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Publication Status: In Print
Series: Analecta Gorgiana 1039
Publication Date: Dec 14,2011
Interior Color: Black
Trim Size: 6 x 9
Page Count: 25
Language: English
ISBN: 978-1-4632-0087-9
$35.00

Certain passages in Aphrahat’s Demonstrations exhibit misogynist language, since women are portrayed as instruments of Satan and are blamed for the evil state of the world. A consideration of other aspects of Aphrahat’s thought allows for a more nuanced view of Aphrahat’s attitudes toward women. These other aspects include: i) the role of Mary in salvation history; ii) the eschatological context of Aphrahat’s asceticism; iii) the fact that men are demonized more than women in the Demonstrations; iv) the fact that Aphrahat makes unambiguously positive statements about women.

Certain passages in Aphrahat’s Demonstrations exhibit misogynist language, since women are portrayed as instruments of Satan and are blamed for the evil state of the world. A consideration of other aspects of Aphrahat’s thought allows for a more nuanced view of Aphrahat’s attitudes toward women. These other aspects include: i) the role of Mary in salvation history; ii) the eschatological context of Aphrahat’s asceticism; iii) the fact that men are demonized more than women in the Demonstrations; iv) the fact that Aphrahat makes unambiguously positive statements about women.

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ContributorBiography

Adam Lehto

Adam Lehto is an instructor at the University of Toronto and Wilfrid Laurier University. He holds a doctorate in Religious Studies from the University of Toronto, on which the present translation is based. He has been involved in the editing of the Journal of the Canadian Society for Syriac Studies since its inception in 2001.

  • Women in Aphrahat: Some Observations (page 5)
  • Bibliography (page 25)
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