n Ekklesiastikos Pharos - Thecla and Susanna as heroes, martyrs and saints

Volume 91, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1018-9556



This article concerns a comparison between two women, Susanna and Thecla, from the New Testament Apocrypha "The Acts of Paul and Thecla" and "Susanna". They faced public humiliation and death and as martyrs they became models for female piety, proved themselves to be religious heroes, and received the status of saints. Various questions are answered: what do these stories communicate, what roles did men play in their stories, what do their life stories tell about God, how do they respond to the spiritual power of the male heroes in their stories, how do they react to socially prescribed roles and the misuse of social power, what do they communicate about women, women's roles in society and what is the potential power of these stories to inspire women? The study thus points out the resemblances and differences between Thecla and Susanna.

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