Journal of Interdisciplinary Feminist Thought


1 Peter addresses Christian women married to non-Christian husbands, telling them to “be subordinate” to their husbands, so that these non-believers might “be won without a word” by your “reverent and chaste” conduct (1 Peter 3:1-2). This passage, even as it reinscribes the patriarchal authority of husbands, admits that wives, precisely in their subordinate positions, might claim some power in the household. This essay, after explicating the role of domestic religious ritual as a vehicle of power, explores the possibilities for Christian wives in pagan households to exercise that power through her own worship of this “foreign” deity.