"Dr. Carolyn Osiek has pursued a significant career as a pioneering woman scholar in a field formerly dominated by men. Lyn's perceptive work on The Shepherd of Hermas, the social study of ancient families, or women in the early Christian church has made a lasting contribution. This rich collection of essays, by many notable scholarly peers and former students, will both enlighten the reader and honor the many substantive contributions of Professor Osiek."
Pacific Lutheran University,
"This insightful and diverse collection of essays is a fitting tribute to a scholar and teacher who has contributed so much to our understanding of the social worlds and literatures of early Christianity. Carolyn Osiek has helped her colleagues and students to imagine--thoughtfully and precisely--ancient people and their daily lives. This book honours her by following her careful scholarly practice, opening up new questions and ideas to explore."
University of Sudbury
"In a series of well-crafted essays that are provocative, captivating, challenging, and ground-breaking, this book addresses themes that long have fruitfully occupied the research agenda of Carolyn Osiek, R.S.C.J. In a diversified but coherent set of chapters, Roman visualization of feminine values, translation as performance, Matthew's God presiding over a cosmic household and the imperial depiction of the emperor as Father presiding over a nation, a man's place in the construction of gender, vengeance-seeking biblical widows, symposiac humor, early-church women, and early-church families, are effectively addressed. This marvelous collection deserves to be broadly read and frequently cited."
University of British Columbia