Slavery, Gender, Truth, and Power in Luke-Acts and Other Ancient Narratives

  • Christy Cobb

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxiv
  2. Christy Cobb
    Pages 1-37
  3. Christy Cobb
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    Pages 125-162
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  6. Christy Cobb
    Pages 205-209
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 211-247

About this book


This book examines slavery and gender through a feminist reading of narratives including female slaves in the Gospel of Luke, the Acts of the Apostles, and early Christian texts. Through the literary theory of Mikhail Bakhtin, the voices of three enslaved female characters—the female slave who questions Peter in Luke 22, Rhoda in Acts 12, and the prophesying slave of Acts 16—are placed into dialogue with female slaves found in the Apocryphal Acts, ancient novels, classical texts, and images of enslaved women on funerary monuments. Although ancients typically distrusted the words of slaves, Christy Cobb argues that female slaves in Luke-Acts speak truth to power, even though their gender and status suggest that they cannot. In this Bakhtinian reading, female slaves become truth-tellers and their words confirm aspects of Lukan theology. This exegetical, theoretical, and interdisciplinary book is a substantial contribution to conversations about women and slaves in Luke-Acts and early Christian literature.


New Testament Luke-Acts Slavery Greco-Roman World Bible Feminist Hermenutics Literary Criticism

Authors and affiliations

  • Christy Cobb
    • 1
  1. 1.Wingate UniversityWingate, NCUSA

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2019
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Religion and Philosophy
  • Print ISBN 978-3-030-05688-9
  • Online ISBN 978-3-030-05689-6
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