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Making Christians : Clement of Alexandria and the rhetoric of legitimacy

Author: Denise Kimber Buell
Publisher: Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, ©1999.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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How did second-century Christians vie with each other in seeking to produce an authoritative discourse of Christian identity? This book argues that many early Christians deployed the metaphors of procreation and kinship in the struggle over claims to represent the truth of Christian interpretation, practice and doctrine. In particular, the author examines the intriguing works of the influential theologian Clement of  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Named Person: Clement, of Alexandria Saint; Clement, of Alexandria Saint; Clement, of Alexandria Saint
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Denise Kimber Buell
ISBN: 0691059802 9780691059808
OCLC Number: 39556634
Description: xiv, 221 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction: Origin Stories as Authorizing Discourse --
Tracing Procreation: The Origins of Origin Stories --
The Social Force of Metaphors for Procreation --
Sowing Knowledge: Procreation and Pedagogy --
Defending Teaching Methods with Procreative Language --
"Few Are Like Their Fathers": The Rhetoric of Genealogy and Intra-Christian Polemic --
Allegiance to the "True Father": Kinship Metaphors as Border Discourse --
A Rhetoric of Christian Unity: Christians as Children of the Father of All --
Paideia and the Paidagogos --
Perfect Children: Drinking the Logos-Milk of Christ --
"The Milk of the Father": "Only Those Who Suckle This Breast Are Truly Blessed" --
Conclusion: Reflections on the Future of Origin Stories.
Responsibility: Denise Kimber Buell.
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