Presbyters in late antique women’s monasteries: roles, responsibilities and conflicts

Forskningsoutput: TidskriftsbidragArtikelVetenskapligPeer review

Sammanfattning

The strict separation of male and female is a commonplace in late antique ascetic literature; nevertheless, at the very least, women's monasteries did require a male presbyter to celebrate the eucharist or provide previously consecrated bread and wine. The relationship between the presbyter and the women, especially the superior, was not always harmonious and conflict arose because of ascetic scruples, differing models of monastic and ecclesial hierarchy, personality and patronage. Although the topic is not treated in any sustained way in ancient sources, anecdotes in biographies and letters indicate the type of situations where conflict could and did occur. In addition to examining a range of sources and monastic contexts, this paper also suggests that conflict between presbyteral and female monastic leadership may lie behind the ambivalence towards Melania the Younger expressed by her biographer the priest-monk Gerontius.
Originalspråkengelska
TidskriftSacris Erudiri
Volym58
Antal sidor17
ISSN0771-7776
StatusPublicerad - dec 2019
MoE-publikationstypA1 Tidskriftsartikel-refererad

Vetenskapsgrenar

  • 614 Teologi
  • 615 Historia och arkeologi

Citera det här

@article{f3c3ca7ad63d4dfcb201857ddcecdc97,
title = "Presbyters in late antique women’s monasteries: roles, responsibilities and conflicts",
abstract = "The strict separation of male and female is a commonplace in late antique ascetic literature; nevertheless, at the very least, women's monasteries did require a male presbyter to celebrate the eucharist or provide previously consecrated bread and wine. The relationship between the presbyter and the women, especially the superior, was not always harmonious and conflict arose because of ascetic scruples, differing models of monastic and ecclesial hierarchy, personality and patronage. Although the topic is not treated in any sustained way in ancient sources, anecdotes in biographies and letters indicate the type of situations where conflict could and did occur. In addition to examining a range of sources and monastic contexts, this paper also suggests that conflict between presbyteral and female monastic leadership may lie behind the ambivalence towards Melania the Younger expressed by her biographer the priest-monk Gerontius.",
keywords = "614 Theology, Monasticism, Clergy, 615 History and Archaeology",
author = "Juliette Day",
year = "2019",
month = "12",
language = "English",
volume = "58",
journal = "Sacris Erudiri",
issn = "0771-7776",
publisher = "Brepols",

}

Presbyters in late antique women’s monasteries: roles, responsibilities and conflicts. / Day, Juliette.

I: Sacris Erudiri, Vol. 58, 12.2019.

Forskningsoutput: TidskriftsbidragArtikelVetenskapligPeer review

TY - JOUR

T1 - Presbyters in late antique women’s monasteries: roles, responsibilities and conflicts

AU - Day, Juliette

PY - 2019/12

Y1 - 2019/12

N2 - The strict separation of male and female is a commonplace in late antique ascetic literature; nevertheless, at the very least, women's monasteries did require a male presbyter to celebrate the eucharist or provide previously consecrated bread and wine. The relationship between the presbyter and the women, especially the superior, was not always harmonious and conflict arose because of ascetic scruples, differing models of monastic and ecclesial hierarchy, personality and patronage. Although the topic is not treated in any sustained way in ancient sources, anecdotes in biographies and letters indicate the type of situations where conflict could and did occur. In addition to examining a range of sources and monastic contexts, this paper also suggests that conflict between presbyteral and female monastic leadership may lie behind the ambivalence towards Melania the Younger expressed by her biographer the priest-monk Gerontius.

AB - The strict separation of male and female is a commonplace in late antique ascetic literature; nevertheless, at the very least, women's monasteries did require a male presbyter to celebrate the eucharist or provide previously consecrated bread and wine. The relationship between the presbyter and the women, especially the superior, was not always harmonious and conflict arose because of ascetic scruples, differing models of monastic and ecclesial hierarchy, personality and patronage. Although the topic is not treated in any sustained way in ancient sources, anecdotes in biographies and letters indicate the type of situations where conflict could and did occur. In addition to examining a range of sources and monastic contexts, this paper also suggests that conflict between presbyteral and female monastic leadership may lie behind the ambivalence towards Melania the Younger expressed by her biographer the priest-monk Gerontius.

KW - 614 Theology

KW - Monasticism

KW - Clergy

KW - 615 History and Archaeology

M3 - Article

VL - 58

JO - Sacris Erudiri

JF - Sacris Erudiri

SN - 0771-7776

ER -