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What’s in a Name?
October 9 @ 3:00 PM - 4:45 PM
The St James’ Institute presents:
What’s in a Name? The Virtue of Adopting a ‘Christian’ Name in Early Church History
Saturday 9 October | 3:00pm-4:45am | St James’ Hall | $25
Early Christians adopted new names to signify their conversion and to idealize particular virtues. New names were also chosen to make ideological points, in defiance of classical gods and political powers. While adoption of new names by males is well known, less known how Christian females changed their names.
Based on original research of Greek and Egyptian papyrus, a leading classicist explains how Christianity emerged within Jewish and Greco-Roman worlds in quite personal ways.
Emeritus Professor Alanna Nobbs AM is the President of the Society for the Study of Early Christianity.