Abandoned to Lust Sexual Slander and Ancient Christianity
Adultery, incest, and lascivious behavior were some of the charges that early Christians used to demonize their opponents, police insiders, resist pagan rulers, and define what it meant to be a Christian. Early Christian writers claimed that unlike More...
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Adultery, incest, and lascivious behavior were some of the charges that early Christians used to demonize their opponents, police insiders, resist pagan rulers, and define what it meant to be a Christian. Early Christian writers claimed that unlike Jews, Romans, and Greeks, who were supposedly unable to control their desires, Christians and Christians alone were sexually virtuous. Regardless of whether the charges were true, they allowed Christians to see themselves as different from and morally superior to those around them. Knust explores the arguments made by Paul and others that belief in Christ made self-mastery possible. Throughout her work, Knust highlights the complex interrelationships between sex, gender, sexuality, purity, and morality within the classical, biblical, and early-Christian traditions. She also discusses Christian writers' reproduction and transformation of a long-standing classical tradition of sexual slander.
Jennifer Knust is assistant professor of New Testament and Christian Origins at Boston University School of Theology.
|List of Abbreviations|
|Introduction: Who's on Top? Sex Talk, Power, and Resistance|
|Sexual Slander and Ancient Invective|
|Paul, the Slaves of Desire, and the Saints of God|
|Sexual Vice and Christian Apologia|
|The False Teachers of the End Time|
|Illicit Sex, Wicked Desire, and the Demonized Heretic|