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Scenting salvation : ancient Christianity and the olfactory imagination

Author: Susan Ashbrook Harvey
Publisher: Berkeley (Calif.) : University of California Press, cop. 2006.
Series: The transformation of the classical heritage, 42
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats

Explores the role of bodily, sensory experience in early Christianity by focusing on the importance of smell in ancient Mediterranean culture. This book argues that ancient Christians used olfactory  Read more...


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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Susan Ashbrook Harvey
ISBN: 0520241479 9780520241473
OCLC Number: 470561240
Notes: Bibliogr. p. 331-388.
Description: 1 vol. (XVIII-421 p.) ; 24 cm.
Contents: Contents Acknowledgments Abbreviations Introduction 1. The Olfactory Context: Smelling the Early Christian World A Martyr's Scent Sacrifice: The Aroma of Relation Daily Smells: Powers and Promises God's Perfume: Imagined Glory and the Scent of Life 2. The Christian Body: Ritually Fashioned Experience A New Place A Revelatory World Participatory Knowing: Ritual Scents and Devotional Uses Participatory Knowing: Scents and Sense Excursus: Incense Offerings in the Syriac Transitus Mariae 3. Olfaction and Christian Knowing Sense Perception in the Ancient Mind Christian Senses in a Christian World Olfactory Analogies as Theological Tools Revelatory Scents: Olfaction and Identity Remembering Knowledge: Liturgical Commentaries Excursus: On the Sinful Woman in Syriac Tradition 4. Redeeming Scents: Ascetic Models The Smell of Danger: Marking Sensory Contexts The Fragrance of Virtue: Reordering Olfactory Experience The Spiritual Senses: Relocating Perception Ascetic Practice and Embodied Liturgy The Stylite's Model A Syriac Tradition Continued 5. Sanctity and Stench Ascetic Stench: Sensation and Dissonance Stench and Morality: Mortality and Sin Ascetic Senses Asceticism: Holy Stench, Holy Weapon 6. Resurrection, Sensation, and Knowledge Bodily Expectation Salvific Knowing Notes Bibliography Index
Series Title: The transformation of the classical heritage, 42
Responsibility: Susan Ashbrook Harvey.
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