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Abandoned to lust : sexual slander and ancient Christianity

Author: Jennifer Wright Knust
Publisher: New York : Columbia University Press, ©2006.
Series: Gender, theory, and religion.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Through careful, innovative readings, Jennifer Knust explores the writings of Paul, Justin Martyr, Irenacus of Lyons, and other early Christian authors who argued that Christ alone made self-mastery possible. Rejection of Christ led to both immoral sexual behavior and, ultimately, alienation and punishment from God. Knust considers how Christian writers participated in a long tradition of rhetorical invective, a  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Jennifer Wright Knust
ISBN: 0231136625 9780231136624 0231510047 9780231510042
OCLC Number: 60605289
Notes: Based on the author's thesis (doctoral)--Columbia University, 2001.
Awards: Short-listed for Best First Book in the History of Religions, American Academy of Religion 2006
Description: xviii. 279 pages ; 24 cm.
Contents: Introduction: Who's on top? : sex talk, power, and resistance --
Sexual slander and ancient invective --
Paul, the slaves of desire, the the saints of God --
Sexual vice and Christian Apologia --
The false teachers of the end time --
Illicit sex, wicked desire, and the demonized heretic.
Series Title: Gender, theory, and religion.
Responsibility: Jennifer Wright Knust.

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Early Christians used charges of adultery, incest, and lascivious behavior to demonize their opponents, police insiders, resist pagan rulers, and define what it meant to be a Christian. This book  Read more...

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An original and provocative contribution to the ongoing study of rhetoric, identity, and power in the early Christian tradition. -- David M. Reis Bryn Mawr Classical Review Jennifer Wright Knust has Read more...

 
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