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The body and society : men, women, and sexual renunciation in early Christianity

Author: Peter Brown
Publisher: New York : Columbia University Press, 1988.
Series: Lectures on the history of religions, new ser., no. 13.
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Addresses the practice of permanent sexual renunciation that developed in Christian circles from the first to the fifth centuries AD. This book describes the early Christians and their  Read more...

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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Peter Brown
ISBN: 0231061005 9780231061001 0231061013 9780231061018
OCLC Number: 16981598
Description: xx, 504 pages : illustrations, map ; 25 cm.
Contents: pt. 1. From Paul to Anthony --
Body and city --
From apostle to apologist : sexual order and sexual renunciation in the early church --
Martyrdom, prophecy and continence : Hermas to Tertullian --
"To undo the works of women" : Marcion, Tatian, and the Encratites --
"When you make the two one" : Valentinus and gnostic spiritual guidance --
"A faint image of divine providence" : Clement of Alexandria --
"A promiscuous brotherhood and sisterhood" : men and women in the Christian churches --
"I beseech you : be transformed" : Origen --
"Walking on earth, touching high heaven's vault" : Porphyry and Methodius --
Church and body : Cyprian, Mani and Eusebius of Caesarea --
pt. 2. Asceticism and society in the Eastern empire --
The desert fathers : Anthony to John Climacus --
"Make to yourselves separate booths" : monks, women and marriage in Egypt --
"Daughters of Jerusalem" : the ascetic life of women in the fourth century --
Marriage and mortality : Gregory of Nyssa --
Sexuality in the city : John Chrysostom --
"These are our angels" : Syria --
pt. 3. Ambrose to Augustine : the making of the Latin tradition --
Aula pudoris : Ambrose --
"Learn of me a holy arrogance" : Jerome --
Sexuality and society : Augustine --
Body and society : the early middle ages.
Series Title: Lectures on the history of religions, new ser., no. 13.
Responsibility: Peter Brown.

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