Body and Society Men, Women, and Sexual Renunciation in Early Christianity

ISBN-10: 0231061013
ISBN-13: 9780231061018
Edition: 1988 (Reprint)
Authors: Peter Brown
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Description: In his monumental book Peter Brown addresses the practice of permanent sexual renunciation--continence, celibacy, and life-long virginity--that developed in Christian circles from the first to the fifth centuries A.D. Brown vividly describes the  More...

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List price: $29.00
Copyright year: 1988
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Publication date: 4/25/1990
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 504
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.25" long x 1.50" tall
Weight: 1.584
Language: English

In his monumental book Peter Brown addresses the practice of permanent sexual renunciation--continence, celibacy, and life-long virginity--that developed in Christian circles from the first to the fifth centuries A.D. Brown vividly describes the early Christians and their strange, disturbing preoccupations. He follows in detail the reflection and controversy these notions generated among Christian writers. Among the topics covered are marriage and sexuality in the Roman world, Judaism and the early church, Origen and the tradition of spiritual guidance, sexuality in the desert fathers and Augustine and sexuality. The Body and Society is a significant study on sexuality and the family in the ancient world by a renowned scholar. Besides being of great interest to readers in ancient history and early church history, and to classicists and medievalists, it will engage readers concerned with women's studies and the history of sexuality.

From Paul to Anthony Body and City From Apostle to Apologist: Sexual Order and Sexual Renunciation in the Early Church Asceticism and Society in the Eastern Empire Martyrdom, Prophecy and Continence: Hermas to Tertullian Ambrose to Augustine: The Making of the Latin Tradition To Undo the Works of Women: Marcion, Tatian and the Encratites When You Make the Two One: Valentinus and Gnostic Spiritual Guidance A Faint Image of Divine Providence: Clement of Alexandria A Promiscuous Brotherhood and Sisterhood: Men and Women in the Christian Churches I Beseech You: Be Transformed : Origen Walking on Earth, Touching High Heaven's Vault: Porphyry and Methodius Church and Body: Cyprian, Mani and Eusebius of Caesarea The Desert Fathers: Anthony to John Climacus Make to Yourselves Separate Booths: Monks, Women and Marriage in Egypt Daughters of Jerusalem: The Ascetic Life of Women in the Fourth Century Marriage and Morality: Gregory of Nyssa Sexuality and the City: John Chrysostom These Are Our Angels: Syria Aula Pudoris: Ambrose Learn of Me a Holy Arrogance: Jerome Sexuality and Society: Augustine Epilogue. Body and Society: The Early Middle Ages

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