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Abortion and the Early Church: Christian, Jewish, and Pagan Attitudes in the Greco-Roman World

Format: Digital
ISBN: 9781579101824


What is abortion? A convenience to society? A legal offense? Murder? We are not the first to face these questions. Abortion was a common practice 2,000 years ago. The young Christian church, growing up in influential centers of Greco-Roman culture, could not ignore the practice. How would church leaders define abortion? Michael J. Gorman examines Christian documents in their Greco-Roman context, concluding that Christians held a consistent position throughout the church’s first 400 years.

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Key Features

  • Investigates the early church’s interactions with the issue of abortion
  • Examines ancient Christian documents in their Greco-Roman context
  • Surveys Greco-Roman culture’s stance on abortion


  • Abortion in the Ancient World
  • The Pagan World
  • The Jewish World
  • Christian Beginnings: The First Three Centuries
  • Christianity Established: The Fourth and Fifth Centuries
  • Abortion and the Early Church: The Wider Context
  • The Relevance of the Early Church for Today

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About Michael J. Gorman

Michael J. Gorman holds the Raymond E. Brown Chair in Biblical Studies and Theology at St. Mary’s Seminary and University, Baltimore, Maryland. A highly regarded New Testament scholar, he is the author of Reading Paul, Elements of Biblical Exegesis: A Basic Guide for Students and Ministers, and Cruciformity: Paul’s Narrative Spirituality of the Cross.

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