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Hell hath no fury : gender, disability, and the invention of damned bodies in early Christian literature

Author: Meghan Henning
Publisher: New Haven ; London : Yale University Press, 2021. ©2021
Series: Anchor Yale Bible reference library.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Throughout the Christian tradition, descriptions of hell's fiery torments have shaped contemporary notions of the afterlife, divine justice, and physical suffering. But rarely do we consider the roots of such conceptions, which originate in a group of understudied ancient texts: the early Christian apocalypses. In this pioneering study, Meghan Henning illuminates how the bodies that populate hell in early Christian  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Meghan Henning
ISBN: 0300223110 9780300223118
OCLC Number: 1275776625
Description: xxii, 261 pages ; 25 cm.
Contents: Introduction: Eternal suffering between reality and imagination --
1. Assigned to suffering: Gendered bodily suffering in the Ancient World --
2. Gendered bodies, social identities, and the susceptibility to sin --
3. Becoming female and deformed through suffering in hell --
4. From passive to active: Gender and atonement in Mary's Tours of Hell --
Conclusion: Making hell on earth --
Epilogue: Ancient Christian hell's afterlives.
Series Title: Anchor Yale Bible reference library.
Responsibility: Meghan R. Henning.

Abstract:

"Throughout the Christian tradition, descriptions of hell's fiery torments have shaped contemporary notions of the afterlife, divine justice, and physical suffering. But rarely do we consider the roots of such conceptions, which originate in a group of understudied ancient texts: the early Christian apocalypses. In this pioneering study, Meghan Henning illuminates how the bodies that populate hell in early Christian literature-largely those of women, enslaved persons, and individuals with disabilities-are punished after death in spaces that mirror real carceral spaces, effectually criminalizing those bodies on earth. Contextualizing the apocalypses alongside ancient medical texts, inscriptions, philosophy, and patristic writings, this book demonstrates the ways that Christian depictions of hell intensified and preserved ancient notions of gender and bodily normativity that continue to inform Christian identity"--

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