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Dean of Arts wins award for book on early Christian families

3 June, 2016

Dr. Margaret MacDonald

Saint Mary’s University would like to congratulate Dr. Margaret MacDonald, Dean of Arts, for being awarded the Frank W. Beare award from The Canadian Society of Biblical Studies (CSBS).

The Frank W. Beare recognizes an outstanding book in the areas of Christian Origins, Post-Biblical Judaism, and/or Greco-Roman Religions, written by a member of the CSBS in the previous two years. Dean MacDonald received the award at the CSBS Annual Meeting for her book The Power of Children: The Construction of Christian Families in the Greco-Roman World.

“This is a wonderful endorsement from my scholarly peers in Canada and in the field,” says Dr. MacDonald.

The Power of Children explores the often-overlooked role of children and family life in shaping the life and growth of early Christianity within the Roman Empire. It examines some of the most controversial New Testament texts—often seen as reflecting patriarchy and hierarchy—through the lens of children and family life.

The book expands upon Dr. MacDonald’s previously published books on the social history in the early church.


The Power of Children: The Construction of Christian Families in the Greco-Roman World.