Dr. Carolyn Osiek completed the course presentations for the Women and Leadership in Early Christianity in May of 2019. This Christian Leaders Institute and CLI’s Leadership Excellence School three-credit class surveys what we know of early Christian women and the ordination of women in the early church.

Dr. Carolyn Osiek has an impressive background in the world of Christian Academia and Global Church involvement:

  • Ph.D. in New Testament and Christian Origins from Harvard University
  • Professor of New Testament at the Catholic Theological Union at Chicago (26 years)
  • Past President of the Biblical Association and Society of Biblical Literature
  • Professor of Brite Divinity School

Abigail Reyenga interviewed Dr. Carolyn Osiek as part of the Revival News Segment introducing her as a professor at Christian Leaders Institute. Watch this short segment.

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Dr. Carolyn Osiek has participated in two major publications on the subject of Women and women’s leadership in ministry.

A Woman’s Place

 In this book, Dr. Carolyn Osiek collaborates with others to examine the Roman archaeology for factors contributing to the house church development.

Issues of space
Visibility in shaping the lives of early Christian women
Aspects of women’s everyday existence
Female slaves
Women as patrons, household
leaders, and teachers.

Ordained Women in the Early Church

Ordained Women in the Early Church features Kevin Madigan and Dr. Carolyn Osiek team writing.

In a time when the ordination of women is an ongoing and passionate debate, the study of women’s ministry in the early church is a timely and significant one. There is much evidence from documents, doctrine, and artifacts that supports the acceptance of women as presbyters and deacons in the early church. While this evidence has been published previously, it has never before appeared in one complete English-language collection.

With this book, church historians Kevin Madigan and Carolyn Osiek present fully translated literary, epigraphical, and canonical references to women in early church offices. Through these documents, Madigan and Osiek seek to understand who these women were and how they related to and were received by, the church through the sixth century. They chart women’s participation in church office and their eventual exclusion from its leadership roles. The editors introduce each document with a detailed headnote that contextualizes the text and discusses specific issues of interpretation and meaning. They also provide bibliographical notes and cross-reference original texts. Madigan and Osiek assemble relevant material from both Western and Eastern Christendom. From Amazon