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Classifying Christians : ethnography, heresiology, and the limits of knowledge in Late Antiquity

Author: Todd S Berzon
Publisher: Oakland, California : University of California Press, [2016] ©2016
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
"Classifying Christians investigates the ways in which late antique Christian heresiologists (150-450 C.E.) produced polemical ethnographies and presented their ethnographic dispositions in theological terms. The book demonstrates how the rituals, doctrines, customs, and origins of heretics functioned to map and delimit the composition of the Christian world and the world at large. Heresiology was about  Read more...

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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Berzon, Todd S., 1983-
Classifying Christians
(DLC) 2015030384
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Todd S Berzon
ISBN: 9780520959880 0520959884
OCLC Number: 935925294
Description: 1 online resource
Contents: Introduction : writing people, writing religion --
Heresiology as ethnography : the ethnographic disposition --
Comparing theologies and comparing peoples : the customs, doctrines, and dispositions of the heretics --
Contesting ethnography : heretical models of human and cosmic plurality --
Christianized ethnography : paradigms of heresiological knowledge --
Knowledge fair and foul : the rhetoric of heresiological inquiry --
The infinity of continuity : Epiphanius of Salamis and the limits of the ethnographic disposition --
From ethnography to list : transcribing and traversing heresy --
Epilogue : the legacy of heresiology.
Responsibility: Todd S. Berzon.
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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  Read more...


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