Women in the Early Apostolic Church

30 – 80 AD

In this section we cover mainly the evidence we find in the letters written by St Paul. Paul endorsed the fundamental equality in Christ of women and men. Women took part in the Church’s apostolate, like Phoebe whom Paul calls ‘the deacon’ of the church in Cenchreae. But Paul also faced the fact of the strong social customs restricting women’s freedom. In this context Paul asked women to wear a veil in the assembly to forestall cultural clashes.

All this is explained in the following texts:


On Specific Pauline texts: