ChristianityThe Acts of Paul and Thecla – Thecla’s story is one of many in the Apocryphal Acts which portray women giving up riches and sexual activity to follow the Apostles. She is an aristocratic woman who, despite great opposition, upon hearing the preaching of Paul, renounces her family and fiance to follow him. She eventually becomes a missionary and lives out her life teaching the gospel.
ChristianityGospel of Mary Mary Magdalene appears as a disciple, singled out by Jesus for special teachings.
ChristianityThe Martyrdom of Saints Perpetua and Felicitas is the prison diary of a young woman martyered in Carthage in 202 or 203 CE.
ChristianityThe Roles for Women explains that women in early Christian communities often owned the house churches where congregations gathered to worship, despite later being pushed to the side.
ChristianityThunder, Perfect Mind a poem discovered among the gnostic manuscripts at Nag Hammadi, is narrated by a female divine revealer.
ChristianityWomen In Ancient Christianity: The New Discoveries (1998) Harvard professor Karen L. King examines the evidence concerning women's important place in early Christianity. She draws a surprising new portrait of Mary Magdalene and outlines the stories of previously unknown early Christian women.