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Kathleen E. Corley, an associate professor of religious studies at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, will sign copies of her new book “Maranatha: Women’s Funerary Rituals and Christian Origins” from 4 to 5 p.m. Monday, April 26, at University Books & More inside Reeve Memorial Union, 748 Algoma Blvd. The reception will include refreshments.

The book continues Corley’s examination of women’s roles at the beginnings of Christianity with a ground-breaking new study of women’s funerary rituals and lament customs in the ancient Roman world. Examining texts, catacomb art and inscriptions, she articulates a new and exciting role for women mourners at the heart of Christian origins.

Corley also is the author of “Women and the Historical Jesus: Feminist Myths of Christian Origins” and “Private Women, Public Meals: Social Conflict in the Synoptic Tradition.” She is a member of the Jesus Seminar, one of the most active groups in biblical criticism, comprised of published authors and scholars.

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