Scholar notes Jesus’ feminine followers held sacred, important and vaunted positions within the then-fledgling religion.

“The Holy Girls on the Sepulchre,” circa 1611-1614 by Peter Paul Rubens. A Latter-day Saint scholar joins the podcast to debate the early Christian church and the roles girls performed in it.

Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints typically assert that the group of their international faith is similar as within the church established by Christ and his earliest followers, “specifically, apostles, prophets, pastors, lecturers, evangelists, and so forth,” as declared within the church’s Articles of Religion.

However are they actually the identical?

In a brand new e-book, “Historical Christians: An Introduction for Latter-day Saints,” from Brigham Younger College’s Maxwell Institute, students describe the early Christian church and the way it advanced over the centuries.

Some of the intriguing questions is in regards to the position of ladies in historic Christianity. Given how a lot patriarchy dominated all types of the religion, had been Jesus’ early disciples and leaders all males?

Not by an extended shot, argues Ariel Bybee Laughton, an impartial Latter-day Saint researcher and writer of a chapter within the new e-book about girls and gender in early Christianity. Jesus’ feminine followers held important and vaunted positions within the then-fledgling religion.

On this week’s present, Laughton discusses the traditional church and the way the trendy Utah-based religion is starting to return to these roots by growing girls’s visibility, management and participation.

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