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Celibacy in the ancient world : its ideal and practice in pre-Hellenistic Israel, Mesopotamia, and Greece

Author: Dale Launderville
Publisher: Collegeville, Minn. : Liturgical Press, ©2010.
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"Celibacy is a commitment to remain unmarried and to renounce sexual relations, for a limited period or for a lifetime. Such a commitment places an individual outside human society in its usual form, and thus questions arise: What significance does such an individual, and such a choice, have for the human family and community as a whole? Is celibacy possible? Is there a socially constructive role for celibacy?"
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Dale Launderville
ISBN: 9780814656976 0814656978
OCLC Number: 609102596
Notes: "A Michael Glazier book."
Description: xli, 571 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Contents: Sexual restraint within the context of a cosmic household --
Intermarriage : a threat to the household as the enduring matrix of personal identity? --
Sex and the holy : erotic synergy or warfare? --
Virginity and chastity : feminine ideals integral to the patriarchal household --
Composite guardian figures : tension at the cosmic junctures --
Celibacy as a proleptic death and a quest for transcendence --
Communion with the real : the goal of celibacy.
Responsibility: Dale Launderville.
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"Celibacy is a commitment to remain unmarried and to renounce sexual relations, for a limited period or for a lifetime. Such a commitment places an individual outside human society in its usual form, and thus questions arise: What significance does such an individual, and such a choice, have for the human family and community as a whole? Is celibacy possible? Is there a socially constructive role for celibacy?" "These questions guide Dale Launderville, OSB, in his study of celibacy in the ancient cultures of Israel, Mesopotamia, and Greece prior to Hellenism and the rise of Christianity. Launderville focuses especially on literary witnesses, because those enduring texts have helped to shape modern attitudes and can aid us in understanding the factors that may call forth the practice of celibacy in our own time. Readers will discover how celibacy fits within a context of relationships, and what kinds of relationships thus support a healthy and varied society, one aware of and oriented to its cosmic destiny."

""This wide-ranging book situates virginity, chastity, and celibacy within the larger social structure of the patriarchal household in Mesopotamia, Israel, and Greece. Drawing out the understandings of human sexuality in these three pre-Hellenistic cultures, this probing study examines sexual òutliers, ' such as the celibate prophet, Jeremiah. In this study, celibacy emerges as an effort to separate from customary social-sexual relations with a human partner in order to connect with the divine in a manner that would transcend death; it is, in other words, à proleptic death and a quest for transcendence.' The result is an understanding--and a concrete rationale for--the symbolic value of celibacy in the modern world: F̀or one committed to a celibate life such sexual discipline is a fundamental means of shaping the ascetic body into a symbol of enduring life in the cosmic community.' The result of this challenging book is a rethinking of sexual òutliers, ' based on a learned examination of the very societies of antiquity that influenced Christian traditions of celibacy.""--Jacket.

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