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Brakke, David

Overview
Works: 39 works in 194 publications in 4 languages and 8,399 library holdings
Genres: History  Conference papers and proceedings  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Filmed lectures  Instructional films  Nonfiction films 
Roles: Author, Editor, Translator, edc
Classifications: BT1390, 273.1
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Most widely held works by David Brakke
The Gnostics : myth, ritual, and diversity in early Christianity by David Brakke( Book )

18 editions published between 2010 and 2012 in English and held by 679 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Who were the Gnostics? And how did the Gnostic movement influence the development of Christianity in antiquity? Is it true that the Church rejected Gnosticism? This book offers an illuminating discussion of recent scholarly debates over the concept of "Gnosticism" and the nature of early Christian diversity. Acknowledging that the category "Gnosticism" is flawed and must be reformed, David Brakke argues for a more careful approach to gathering evidence for the ancient Christian movement known as the Gnostic school of thought. He shows how Gnostic myth and ritual addressed basic human concerns about alienation and meaning, offered a message of salvation in Jesus, and provided a way for people to regain knowledge of God, the ultimate source of their being. Rather than depicting the Gnostics as heretics or as the losers in the fight to define Christianity, Brakke argues that the Gnostics participated in an ongoing reinvention of Christianity, in which other Christians not only rejected their ideas but also adapted and transformed them. This book will challenge scholars to think in news ways, but it also provides an accessible introduction to the Gnostics and their fellow early Christians
Athanasius and the politics of asceticism by David Brakke( Book )

14 editions published between 1995 and 2009 in English and held by 521 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

It is often assumed that early Christian asceticism drew its devotees completely away from worldly interests into the etherial realms of spirituality. This book, which focuses on the life and thought of Athanasius, Bishop of Alexandria (AD 328-73) - one of the key figures of the church in his time - shows on the contrary just how deeply political ascetic theology could be. Dr Brakke examines how Athanasius joined with other fourth century bishops in determining to create a unified and dominant church of Egypt in the Roman Empire, and organized both the monks of the desert and female ascetics based in the cities into auxiliaries of the emerging local parishes. He integrated ascetic values into a comprehensive vision of the church as a heavenly commonwealth, made up of people practising diverse versions of a single discipline. This new and illuminating study of the turmoils and vicissitudes of fourth century Christianity also includes an invaluable appendix with the first English translations of many of Athanasius' ascetic and pastoral writings
Demons and the making of the monk : spiritual combat in early Christianity by David Brakke( Book )

16 editions published in 2006 in English and Undetermined and held by 396 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Demons - whether in embodied form or as inward temptation - make vivid appearances in early Christian monastic literature. In this study of demonology and Christian spirituality in fourth- and fifth-century Egypt, David Brakke examines how the concept of the monk as a holy and virtuous being was shaped by the combative encounter with demons." "Brakke studies the "making of the monk" from two perspectives. First, he describes the social and religious identities that monastic authors imagined for the demon-fighting monk: the new martyr who fights against the pagan gods, the gnostic who believes he knows both the tricks of the demons and the secrets of God, and the prophet who discerns the hidden presence of Satan even among good Christians. Then he employs recent theoretical ideas about gender and racial stereotyping to interpret accounts of encounters with demons, especially narratives in which demons appear as the Other - as Ethiopians, as women, or as pagan gods." "Drawing on biographies of exceptional monks, collections of monastic sayings and stories, letters from ascetic teachers to their disciples, sermons, and community rules, Brakke crafts a compelling picture of the embattled religious celibate. Demons and the Making of the Monk is an insightful and innovative exploration of the development of Christian monasticism."--Jacket
Religion and the self in antiquity( Book )

13 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 299 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Many recent studies have argued that the self is a modern invention, a concept developed in the last three centuries. This text challenges that idea by presenting a series of studies that explore the origins, formation, and limits of the self within the religions of the ancient Mediterranean world
Reading in Christian communities : essays on interpretation in the early church( Book )

5 editions published in 2002 in English and held by 258 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Shifting cultural frontiers in late antiquity by David Brakke( Book )

8 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 163 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Talking back : a monastic handbook for combating demons by Evagrius( Book )

4 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 159 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

How did the monks of the Egyptian desert fight against the demons that attacked them with tempting thoughts? How could Christians resist the thoughts of gluttony, fornication, or pride that assailed them and obstructed their contemplation of God? According to Evagrius of Pontus (345-399), one of the greatest spiritual directors of ancient monasticism, the monk should "talk back" to demons with relevant passages from the Bible. His book Talking Back (Antirrhetikos) lists over 500 thoughts or circumstances in which the demon-fighting monk might find himself, along with the biblical passages with which the monk should respond. It became one of the most popular books among the ascetics of Late Antiquity and the Byzantine East, but until now the entire text had not been translated into English. From Talking Back we gain a better understanding of Evagrius's eight primary demons: gluttony, fornication, love of money, sadness, anger, listlessness, vainglory, and pride. We can explore a central aspect of early monastic spirituality, and we get a glimpse of the temptations and anxieties that the first desert monks faced. -- Publisher
Beyond reception : mutual influences between antique religion, Judaism, and early Christianity( Book )

8 editions published in 2006 in English and German and held by 117 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This book argues that it is time to rethink reception as a traditional paradigm for understanding the relation between the ancient Greco-Roman traditions and early Judaism and Christianity. The concept of reception implies taking something from one fixed box into another, often chronologically later one, but actually Jews and Christians were deeply involved in Greco-Roman society in many different ways. The communication of cultural and religious ideas and practices took place among various religious and cultural communities with many overlaps. Accordingly, the contributors of this volume intend to develop a more multi-faceted view of such processes and to go beyond the term reception
Critique and apologetics : Jews, Christians, and pagans in antiquity by Anders-Christian Jacobsen( Book )

12 editions published between 2009 and 2012 in English and Undetermined and held by 112 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Invention, rewriting, usurpation : discursive fights over religious traditions in Antiquity( Book )

5 editions published in 2012 in English and German and held by 96 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Narrated Reality : the Historia Ecclesiastica of Eusebius of Caesarea by Marie Verdoner( Book )

2 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 84 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Selected discourses of Shenoute the Great : community, theology, and social conflict in late Antique Egypt by Shenute( Book )

10 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 66 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Shenoute the Great (c.347-465) led one of the largest Christian monastic communities in late antique Egypt and was the greatest native writer of Coptic in history. For approximately eight decades, Shenoute led a federation of three monasteries and emerged as a Christian leader. His public sermons attracted crowds of clergy, monks, and lay people; he advised military and government officials; he worked to ensure that his followers would be faithful to orthodox Christian teaching; and he vigorously and violently opposed paganism and the oppressive treatment of the poor by the rich. This volume presents in translation a selection of his sermons and other orations. These works grant us access to the theology, rhetoric, moral teachings, spirituality, and social agenda of a powerful Christian leader during a period of great religious and social change in the later Roman Empire
Gnosticism : from Nag Hammadi to the Gospel of Judas by David Brakke( Visual )

1 edition published in 2015 in English and held by 33 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The three centuries following the death of Jesus were a momentous and turbulent era in Western religious thought. During this time, as Christianity began its massive growth, few if any influences on the theological landscape were as significant as the religious movements know as Gnosticism. Gnosticism intersected deeply with early Christian thought, sparking religious ideologies that competed with the theological thinking that came to define Christianity. Though Gnosticism was eventually branded as heretical by the emerging orthodox church, the church formed many of its most central doctrines in response to Gnostic ideas
Homiletica from the Pierpont Morgan Library : seven Coptic homilies attributed to Basil the Great, John Chrysostom, and Euodius of Rome by Euodius( Book )

16 editions published in 1991 in 3 languages and held by 27 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Gnosticism : from Nag Hammadi to the Gospel of Judas by David Brakke( Recording )

3 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 13 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The three centuries following the death of Jesus were a momentous and turbulent era in Western religious thought. During this time, as Christianity began its massive growth, few if any influences on the theological landscape were as significant as the religious movements know as Gnosticism. Gnosticism intersected deeply with early Christian thought, sparking religious ideologies that competed with the theological thinking that came to define Christianity. Though Gnosticism was eventually branded as heretical by the emerging orthodox church, the church formed many of its most central doctrines in response to Gnostic ideas
Los gnósticos mito, ritual y diversidad en el cristianismo primitivo by David Brakke( Book )

2 editions published in 2013 in Spanish and held by 11 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Who were the Gnostics? And how did the Gnostic movement influence the development of Christianity in antiquity? Is it true that the Church rejected Gnosticism? This book offers an illuminating discussion of recent scholarly debates over the concept of "Gnosticism" and the nature of early Christian diversity. Acknowledging that the category "Gnosticism" is flawed and must be reformed, David Brakke argues for a more careful approach to gathering evidence for the ancient Christian movement known as the Gnostic school of thought. He shows how Gnostic myth and ritual addressed basic human concerns about alienation and meaning, offered a message of salvation in Jesus, and provided a way for people to regain knowledge of God, the ultimate source of their being. Rather than depicting the Gnostics as heretics or as the losers in the fight to define Christianity, Brakke argues that the Gnostics participated in an ongoing reinvention of Christianity, in which other Christians not only rejected their ideas but also adapted and transformed them. This book will challenge scholars to think in news ways, but it also provides an accessible introduction to the Gnostics and their fellow early Christians
On virginity : ed. consilio Universitatis Catholicae Americae ... by Athanasius( Book )

1 edition published in 2002 in English and held by 10 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

St. Athanasius and ascetic Christians in Egypt by David Brakke( Book )

7 editions published between 1992 and 1998 in English and held by 8 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

 
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The Gnostics : myth, ritual, and diversity in early Christianity
Alternative Names
Bernhard Brakke, David

Brakke, David Bernhard

Brakke, David Bernhard 1961-

Languages
English (131)

Coptic (5)

Spanish (2)

German (2)

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Athanasius and the politics of asceticismDemons and the making of the monk : spiritual combat in early ChristianityReligion and the self in antiquityReading in Christian communities : essays on interpretation in the early churchTalking back : a monastic handbook for combating demonsBeyond reception : mutual influences between antique religion, Judaism, and early ChristianityCritique and apologetics : Jews, Christians, and pagans in antiquityOn virginity : ed. consilio Universitatis Catholicae Americae ...