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    DescriptionThecla, a disciple of the apostle Paul, became perhaps the most celebrated female saint and 'martyr' among Christians in late antiquity. In the early church, Thecla's example was associated with the piety of women - in particular, with women's ministry and travel. Devotion to Saint Thecla quickly spread throughout the Mediterranean world: her image was painted on walls of tombs, stamped on clay flasks and oil lamps, engraved on bronze crosses and wooden combs, and even woven into textile curtains. Bringing together literary, artistic, and archaeological evidence, often for the first time, Stephen Davis here reconstructs the cult of Saint Thecla in Asia Minor and Egypt - the social practices, institutions, and artefacts that marked the lives of actual devotees. From this evidence the author shows how the cult of this female saint remained closely linked with communities of women as a source of empowerment and a cause of controversy.

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    The Cult of Saint Thecla
    A Tradition of Women's Piety in Late Antiquity
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Stephen J. Davis
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 304
    Width: 139 mm
    Height: 216 mm
    Thickness: 16 mm
    Weight: 408 g
    ISBN 13: 9780199548712
    ISBN 10: 0199548714

    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: REL
    BISAC Merchandising Theme: TP028
    Ingram Theme: RELI/CHRIST
    B&T General Subject: 690
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    BISAC V2.8: REL010000
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T6.3
    BIC subject category V2: HRCM
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 01
    Ingram Theme: RELI/CATHOL
    BISAC Merchandising Theme: TP090
    Ingram Subject Code: RL
    Libri: I-RL
    BISAC V2.8: REL015000
    LC classification: BR
    BISAC V2.8: HIS002020
    B&T Merchandise Category: POD
    Abridged Dewey: 270
    ECPA Christian Book Category: CHMCHLCHS
    BISAC V2.8: SOC039000, HIS002000, SOC028000
    DC22: 270.1092
    Thema V1.0: QRM, QRVG
    Illustrations note
    6 maps, 26 b/w figures
    Oxford University Press
    Imprint name
    Oxford University Press
    Publication date
    15 November 2008
    Publication City/Country
    Author Information
    Stephen J. Davis is Associate Professor of Religious Studies, Yale University.
    Review quote
    "This is a welcome study in English of a widespread earlyChurch tradition, most of whose scholarship is in German.This is a fascinating addition to our knowledge of theThelca cult...a valuable contribution."--Journal of EarlyChristian Studies
    Table of contents
    I: THE CULT OF ST THECLA IN ASIA MINOR ; 1. Origins of the Thecla Cult ; 2. The Cult of Thecla at Seleucia in Asia Minor ; II: THE CULT OF SAINT THECLA IN EGYPT ; 3. Thecla Devotion Among Ascetic Women in Alexandria ; 4. Pilgrimage and the Cult of Saint Thecla in the Mareotis ; 5. The Spread of Thecla Devotion Outside Alexandria and Its Environs