• First Language: Turkish

  • Subjects:  Women’s Studies

  • Journal Section: Research Article

  • Authors: Nermin ÖZTÜRK
    Philosophy and Religious Sciences, Konya University

  • Dates: 1 January 2012

The Woman Who Has Affected the Mediterranean Countries at the Early Years of Christianity: Tekla Tekla, born in Iconium and died in Seleucia, is one of the important female personalities of the early Christian era. She meets Christianity during Pavlus’ first trip on a mission to Iconium and becomes his pupil. She plays an active role in founding of the Chrtistian church among the apostles. She performs sacraments such as the authority to teach and to baptise where women do not have access even today. In addition, she is considered to be the first female martyr of Christianity. Having influenced the people deeply with her life, a Tekla Cult comes into existence particularly among the Christians in the Meditterranean countries following her death. As for today’s Western world, she still continues to be a role model both for the feminists and the women who dedicated themselves to the church.

Silifke/Seleucia, Thecla, Christianity, the Pioneer Woman

Philosophy and Religious Sciences, Konya University