Образ Божи или врата на дявола. Патристическата концеция за жената (ІІ–V в.). [An Image of God or the Devil’s Gateway. The Patristic Conception of Woman (2nd–5th c.)]
// Историческо бъдеще. – София: Асоциация „Клио”, 1998, №2, с. 3–30. ISSN 1311-0144.
Through an analysis of biblical and patristic texts, the author traces the evolution, which the Christian concept of female nature underwent in the period between the second and the fifth century. The study is centred around the topics, which were most frequently dwelled upon in the writings of the Church Fathers: e. g., the creation of the Woman, her role in the Fall, the possible ways for women’s salvation and their roles in the religious life of Christian communities. The Church Fathers displayed an ambivalent attitude toward women: while advancing arguments in favour of the subordinate status of women in society, they believed that both sexes were created in the image of God. Thus, during the first centuries of its history, Christianity strove to reconcile two contradicting views on men and women. On the long run, the view that women – like men – were God’s creatures contributed to women’s gradual elevation in status in society.
patristic concepts; female nature; Christian communities, the Church Fathers.