Final Take-Home Exam - Ryan Scarff March 13th, 2009 HIST...

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Ryan Scarff March 13th, 2009 HIST 209 FINAL TAKE-HOME EXAMINATION OUTLINE: I. Chapter 2 Biblical Foundations a. Institution i. Women in the Church 1. I Corinthians 11:2 a. “For just as woman came from man, so man comes through woman: but all things come from God” 2. Galatians 3:25-28 a. “there is no longer male and female; for all of you are one in Christ Jesus” 3. I Timothy 2:8-15 a. “For Adam was formed first, then Eve; and Adam was not deceived, but he woman was deceived and became a transgressor.” b. Ethics i. Ethics in the Christian Household 1. The so-called moral structure of ancient Christian society lived on in the form of female subjugation throughout history and even in our world today. 2. Ephesians 5:21-6:9 a. “Wives, be subject to your husband’s as you are to the Lord.” II. Chapter 3 Ancient Christianity (100-500) a. Events i. Martyrdom of a young Christian woman
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1. Christianity has lived on through the martyrdom of its believers since Jesus readily gave his life for his people. Perpetua was a young Christian woman that proved to the people of her time and many after that courage and devotion to one’s faith is a universal right held and practiced by all men and women of conviction. 2. Passion of Perpetua and Felicitas a. “But that noble woman stubbornly resisted even to the end. She said, ‘We have come this far voluntarily in order to protect our rights, and we have pledged our lives not to do anything like this. WE made this agreement with you.’” 3. Perpetua is still a figure of women’s strength and a source of inspiration for those willing to address issues of injustice in all societies of past and present. a. “being more concerned with her sense of modesty than with her pain” for it was “improper for a martyr to suffer with disheveled hair” b. In reference to Perpetua raising the gladiator’s sword to her own throat it is proposed that “perhaps so a great a woman, feared as she was by the unclean spirit, could not have been slain unless she herself had willed it.” 4. Perpetua irradiated the crowd through her unjust suffering and unconsciously shed light upon the sad attention to submissive customs women had. b. Teaching i. Women and Gnosticism 1. This text shows that women often had a higher place in Gnostic Christianity than in orthodox Christianity, but even in Gnosticism their position was challenged. a. Gospel of Mary 7:8-18 b. Peter shows suspicion of Mary Magdalene’s recollection of Jesus’ reaction to a vision she had by asking the others “did he really speak privately with a woman and not openly to us? Are we to turn about and all listen to her? Did he prefer her to us?”
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c. Peter, one so very close to Jesus, was not even able to fully accept Mary, a friend of Jesus and someone he respected highly. This is testament to the ease in which Jesus’ original teachings of equality and acceptance could have been misconstrued by those that wrote the scriptures. REFER TO BIRTH OF FEM MOVEMENT
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