Monday, March 19, 2007

Plus ça change

Here is the abstract for a very interesting article to be found in volume 17 (2006) of Acta Patristica et Byzantina:
According to a report of Gregory of Tours a controversy arose in the course of the 2nd Council of Mâcon (585 AD) on the question whether women can be called "man". Some historians have interpreted this as a minor incident merely concerned with aspects of the meaning and usage of the Latin word homo. Through exploring the possible intellectual background and the general historical context of the 2nd Council of Mâcon this article, however, shows that the discussion led in Mâcon was concerned with the fundamental theological-anthropological question whether women have the same status before God as men.
The article is by Katharina Bracht of the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. The journal is hard to find but I recommend perusing it now and then if you can get your hands on it.

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