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Brakke, David

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Works: 38 works in 140 publications in 6 languages and 6,338 library holdings
Genres: History  Conference proceedings  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Textbooks 
Roles: Editor
Classifications: BT1390, 202.2
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Most widely held works by David Brakke
The Gnostics myth, ritual, and diversity in early Christianity by David Brakke ( )
14 editions published between 2010 and 2012 in English and held by 1,564 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
Religion and the self in antiquity by David Brakke ( )
13 editions published between 2005 and 2006 in English and held by 1,169 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Many recent studies have argued that the self is a modern invention, a concept developed in the last three centuries. Religion and the Self in Antiquity 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. Drawing on recent work on the body, gender, sexuality, the anthropology of the senses, and power, contributors make a strong case that the history of the self does indeed begin in antiquity, developing as Western religion itself developed
Demons and the making of the monk spiritual combat in early Christianity by David Brakke ( )
13 editions published between 2005 and 2006 in English and held by 1,157 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."--BOOK JACKET
Critique and apologetics Jews, Christians and pagans in antiquity ( )
7 editions published between 2009 and 2012 in English and held by 786 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Athanasius and the politics of asceticism by David Brakke ( Book )
11 editions published between 1995 and 2009 in English and held by 499 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
Reading in Christian communities : essays on interpretation in the early church ( Book )
3 editions published in 2002 in English and held by 247 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Introduction to Christianity by Mary Jo Weaver ( Book )
4 editions published between 1998 and 2009 in English and held by 154 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Talking back : a monastic handbook for combating demons by Evagrius ( Book )
3 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 153 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
Shifting cultural frontiers in late antiquity by David Brakke ( Book )
6 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 131 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Pseudo-Athanasius on virginity by Pseudo-Athanasius ( Book )
12 editions published between 2002 and 2003 in 3 languages and held by 122 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Beyond reception : mutual influences between antique religion, Judaism, and early Christianity ( Book )
7 editions published in 2006 in English and German and held by 110 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
Invention, rewriting, usurpation : discursive fights over religious traditions in Antiquity ( Book )
4 editions published in 2012 in English and German and held by 82 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Narrated Reality : the Historia Ecclesiastica of Eusebius of Caesarea by Marie Verdoner ( Book )
1 edition published in 2011 in English and held by 73 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Homiletica from the Pierpont Morgan Library : seven Coptic homilies ( Book )
5 editions published in 1991 in English and Coptic and held by 10 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
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
Homiletica from the Pierpont Morgan Library : seven Coptic homilies attributed to Basil the Great, John Chrysostom, and Euodius of Rome ( Book )
2 editions published in 1991 in Coptic and English and held by 10 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Homiletica from the Pierpont Morgan Library : seven Coptic homilies attributed to Basil the Great, John Chrysostom, and Euodius of Rome ( Book )
2 editions published in 1991 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
On virginity : ed. consilio Universitatis Catholicae Americae ... by Athanasius ( Book )
1 edition published in 2002 in Syriac and held by 6 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Pseudo-Athanasius on virginity by Athanasius ( Book )
1 edition published in 2002 in English and held by 6 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
 
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Brakke, David Bernhard
Brakke, David Bernhard 1961-
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