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Desiring conversion : Hermas, Thecla, Aseneth

Author: B Diane Lipsett
Publisher: New York : Oxford University Press, 2011.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Self-restraint may appear to be the opposite of erotic desire ; yet Diane Lipsett shows the surprising and complex interplay of erotic desire and self-restraint in three ancient tales of conversion. She offers nuanced literary analysis of The Shepherd of Hermas, from the Apostolic Fatehrs, the Acts of Paul and Thecla, from the Apocryphal Acts of the Apostles, and Joseph and Aseneth, often considered an ancient  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Named Person: Hermas; Hermas; Paulus, Apostel Heiliger; Hermas.
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: B Diane Lipsett
ISBN: 9780199754519 0199754519
OCLC Number: 586134326
Description: x, 190 pages ; 22 cm
Contents: Scrutinizing desire : Hermas, metanoia, and manliness --
Thecla and the Apostle's lure --
Aseneth and the sublime turn --
Conclusion : the narrativity of desire, restraint, and conversion.
Responsibility: B. Diane Lipsett.

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