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The Song of Songs and the fashioning of identity in early Latin Christianity

Author: Karl Shuve
Publisher: Oxford, United Kingdom : Oxford University Press, 2016.
Series: Oxford early Christian studies.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : English : First editionView all editions and formats
Karl Shuve offers a comprehensive analysis of the interpretation of the 'Song of Songs' in the Latin-speaking churches of late antiquity, showing how it was used by bishops and theologians to illuminate complex problems of identity in relation to liturgical practice, doctrinal definitions, and ideas about the body and sexuality.

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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Criticism, interpretation, etc
Additional Physical Format: Print version :
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Karl Shuve
ISBN: 9780191079207 0191079200 9780191821325 0191821322
OCLC Number: 937719084
Notes: Revision of the author's thesis (Ph. D.)--University of Edinburgh, 2010 under title: Song of Songs in the early Latin Christian tradition : a study of the Tractatus de Epithalamio of Gregory of Elvira and its context.
Description: 1 online resource
Contents: Cover ; The Song of Songs and the Fashioning of Identity in Early Latin Christianity; Copyright; Dedication; Preface; Contents; Abbreviations; PERIODICALS AND SERIES; ANCIENT SOURCES; Introduction; 0.1. ESOTERICISM AND EROS: THE SHAPE OF MODERN SCHOLARSHIP ON THE INTERPRETIVE TRADITION; 0.2. THE ARGUMENT AND SCOPE OF THE BOOK; Part I: The Song of Songs in North Africa and Spain; 1: "A Garden Enclosed, a Fountain Sealed": The Church as Closed Community in Cyprian and the Donatists; 1.1. CYPRIAN OF CARTHAGE AND THE PROBLEM OF REBAPTISM; 1.1.1. Persecution and the Rebaptism Crisis 1.1.2. The Problem of Rebaptism and the Song of Songs1.1.3. The Song of Songs in Cyprian's Letters and De unitate; 1.1.4. The Legacy of Cyprian; 1.2. THE DONATIST SCHISM; 1.2.1. The Origins of the Donatist Schism; 1.2.2. Optatus' Against Parmenian the Donatist; 1.2.3. Traces of Donatist Use of the Song in the Writings of Augustine; 2: "As a Lily among the Thorns": The Church as Mixed Community in Pacian, Tyconius, and Augustine; 2.1. PACIAN OF BARCELONA AND THE NOVATIANS IN SPAIN; 2.1.1. Pacian's Career; 2.1.2. The Correspondence with Simpronian; 2.1.3. The Song of Songs in Pacian's Writings 2.2. TYCONIUS AND THE BIPARTITE CHURCH2.2.1. Identifying Tyconius; 2.2.2. Tyconius' Use of the Song of Songs; 2.2.3. The Sources of Tyconius' Exegesis; 2.3. AUGUSTINE OF HIPPO AND THE HIDDEN JUDGMENT OF GOD; 2.3.1. Nuptial Theology in Augustine's Thought; 2.3.2. The Song of Songs in Anti-Manichean Polemic; 2.3.3. De Baptismo: The Song, Ritual Purity, and the Corpus Permixtum; 3: "The Church is the Flesh of Christ": The Tractatus de Epithalamio of Gregory of Elvira; 3.1. THE EARLIEST LATIN COMMENTARIES: VICTORINUS OF POETOVIO AND RETICIUS OF AUTUN 3.1.1. Victorinus as Commentator and Translator3.1.2. Reticius' Lost Commentary on the Song; 3.2. THE DATE, SETTING, AND STRUCTURE OF THE TRACTATUS; 3.2.1. Textual Considerations; 3.2.2. The Setting of its Composition and Revision; 3.3. FROM INCARNATION TO FINAL JUDGMENT: THE SONG OF SONGS AS HISTORY OF THE CHURCH; 3.3.1. The Incarnation and the Origins of the Church; 3.3.2. The Church's Struggles with "Heretics"; 3.3.3. Crucifixion, Resurrection, and the Kingdom of God; 3.4. CONCLUSION; Part II: The Song of Songs in Italy 4: "Like the Holy Church, Unsullied by Intercourse": Ambrose, Virgins, and the Song4.1. WESTERN CONTROVERSY AND EASTERN INFLUENCE; 4.1.1. The Influence of Athanasius; 4.1.2. The Politics of Asceticism; 4.2. DE VIRGINIBUS: VIRGINITY AND THE ANGELIC LIFE; 4.2.1. Virginity and/as Martyrdom; 4.2.2. The Symbolic Significance of Virginity; 4.2.3. The Song's Bride as Consecrated Virgin; 4.3. DE VIRGINITATE: FROM VIRGIN BODIES TO VIRGIN SOULS; 4.3.1. Situating the De Virginitate; 4.3.2. The Formation of the Virgin Soul; 4.3.3. Towards an Ascetic Vision of Christian Identity
Series Title: Oxford early Christian studies.
Responsibility: Karl Shuve.


Dr Shuve offers a comprehensive analysis of the interpretation of the Song of Songs in the Latin-speaking churches of Late Antiquity, showing how it was used by bishops and theologians to illuminate  Read more...


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Shuve's fine study - detailed, scholarly and smoothly-written - opens new vistas on the multifarious uses to which the Song of Songs could be put in late ancient Latin Christianity. * Elizabeth A. Read more...

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