Chapter 26 Student Reading Guide

Christians and Pagans: 1 Peter, the Letters of Ignatius, the Martyrdom of Polycarp, and Later Apologetic Literature

1. What evidence exists to suggest that women played a prominent role in Paul’s churches?What about in the ministry of Jesus?

2. Did Paul try to implement his own view of women with regard to the social arrangements of his churches? If so, how? If not, why not?

3. How did women fare in Pauline churches after Paul himself passed off the scene? How do you explain their disappearance from positions of prestige and authority?