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Classifying Christians Ethnography, Heresiology, and the Limits of Knowledge in Late Antiquity

Author: Todd S Berzon
Publisher: [Erscheinungsort nicht ermittelbar] University of California Press 2016
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Classifying Christians investigates late antique Christian heresiologies as ethnographies that catalogued and detailed the origins, rituals, doctrines, and customs of the heretics in explicitly polemical and theological terms. Oscillating between ancient ethnographic evidence and contemporary ethnographic writing, Todd S. Berzon argues that late antique heresiology shares an underlying logic with classical  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Todd S Berzon
ISBN: 9780520284265 0520284267
OCLC Number: 1020655144
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Description: Online-Ressource (317 Seiten)
Contents: Cover; Classifying Christians; Title; Copyright; Dedication; CONTENTS; Acknowledgments; List of Abbreviations; Introduction: Writing People, Writing Religion; 1. Heresiology as Ethnography: The Ethnographic Disposition; 2. Comparing Theologies and Comparing Peoples: The Customs, Doctrines, and Dispositions of the Heretics; 3. Contesting Ethnography: Heretical Models of Human and Cosmic Plurality; 4. Christianized Ethnography: Paradigms of Heresiological Knowledge; 5. Knowledge Fair and Foul: The Rhetoric of Heresiological Inquiry. 6. The Infinity of Continuity: Epiphanius of Salamis and the Limits of the Ethnographic Disposition7. From Ethnography to List: Transcribing and Traversing Heresy; Epilogue: The Legacy of Heresiology; Bibliography; Index.

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Classifying Christians investigates late antique Christian heresiologies as ethnographies that catalogued and detailed the origins, rituals, doctrines, and customs of the heretics in explicitly polemical and theological terms. Oscillating between ancient ethnographic evidence and contemporary ethnographic writing, Todd S. Berzon argues that late antique heresiology shares an underlying logic with classical ethnography in the ancient Mediterranean world. By providing an account of heresiological writing from the second to fifth century, Classifying Christians embeds heresiology within the histo

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