Body and Society Men, Women, and Sexual Renunciation in Early Christianity; Twentieth Anniversary Edition with a New Introduction

ISBN-10: 0231144075
ISBN-13: 9780231144070
Edition: 20th 2008 (Anniversary)
Authors: Peter Brown
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Description: First published in 1988, Peter Brown's The Body and Societywas a groundbreaking study of the marriage and sexual practices of early Christians in the ancient Mediterranean and the Near East. To mark the twentieth anniversary of its publication,  More...

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List price: $34.00
Edition: 20th
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Publication date: 7/3/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 568
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.188

First published in 1988, Peter Brown's The Body and Societywas a groundbreaking study of the marriage and sexual practices of early Christians in the ancient Mediterranean and the Near East. To mark the twentieth anniversary of its publication, Columbia will make available an edition that features a new introduction by the author. Brown will discuss the reception of the book since its debut in the scholarly community as well as the influential thought and literature it has produced. The Body and Societyfocuses on the practice of permanent sexual renunciation-continence, celibacy, and life-long virginity-in Christian circles from the first to the fifth centuries AD. Brown follows early Christians' strange, disturbing preoccupations with sexuality and the body in great detail, tracing the reflection and controversy these notions generated among the period's great writers. Brown questions how theological views on sexuality and the human body both mirrored and shaped not only the uneven relationships between men and women, but also the complex interactions between the Roman aristocracy and their slaves, and between the married and the celibate. Figures discussed include Tertullian, Valentinus, Clement of Alexandria, Origen, Constantine, the Desert Fathers, Jerome, Ambrose, and Augustine, among others. Topics covered include asceticism and society in the Eastern Empire; martyrdom and prophecy; Gnostic spiritual guidance; promiscuity among the men and women of the church; monks and marriage in Egypt; the ascetic life of women in fourth-century Jerusalem; and-in order to ground the subject in a historical context-the body and society in the early Middle Ages.

Preface
Introduction
From Paul to Anthony
Body and City
From Apostle to Apologist: Sexual Order and Sexual Renunciation in the Early Church
Martyrdom, Prophecy and Continence: Hermas to Tertullian
"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
Asceticism and Society in the Eastern Empire
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 Mortality: Gregory of Nyssa
Sexuality and the City: John Chrysostom
"These Are Our Angels": Syria
Ambrose to Augustine: The Making of the Latin Tradition
Aula Pudoris: Ambrose
"Learn of Me a Holy Arrogance": Jerome
Sexuality and Society: Augustine
Epilogue: Body and Society: The Early Middle Ages
Bibliography
Index

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