About this product For the first time · A fundamental exploration of the preeminent role of women in the Jesus movement and early Christianity. You will discover how far you can go in understanding the world in which Jesus lived and those who preserved testimonies of him. · A thorough reconstruction of the lives of women named in The Gospels, from one of the world’s leading Bible students. You will be surprised how much you can learn even about the casually mentioned persons, and what the seemingly secondary details of the gospel stories say. but it began to be forgotten after several generations of Christians. You will get as close as possible to the reality behind the founding texts of the New Testament. Abstract Until recently, the topic of the defining role of women in early Christianity was simply ignored. After two millennia of silence, there are serious reasons to ask questions about the true place of women in the life of Jesus and the early Christian movement. It turned out that it was women who were the most important and influential figures in the circle of Jesus and in the groups of the first Christians, however, very quickly in the early Christian movement, women again returned to a marginal position in a patriarchal society, and men assumed all the key roles in communities. The world-renowned specialist in the Bible and ancient literature, Richard Bockham, proposes to embark on an intellectual journey to the origins of Christianity in order, on the one hand, to remove the veils from a thousand-year-old mystery, and, on the other hand, to present a balanced and reasoned point of view as opposed to sensational «discoveries» and hypotheses about the role of women in the personal and public life of Jesus.