Love Between Women Early Christian Responses to Female Homoeroticism

ISBN-10: 0226075923

ISBN-13: 9780226075921

Edition: 1996

Authors: Bernadette J. Brooten

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Love Between Womenexamines female homoeroticism and the role of women in the ancient Roman world. Employing an unparalleled range of cultural sources, Brooten finds evidence of marriages between women and establishes that condemnations of female homoerotic practices were based on widespread awareness of love between women."An extraordinary accomplishment. . . . A definitive source for all future discussion of homoeroticism and the Bible."—Mary Rose D'Angelo,Harvard Gay & Lesbian Review"[Brooten's] convincing analysis . . . not only profoundly reshapes our understanding of the past, but it should also shape the way in which that past, particularly the early Christian texts with their immense normative weight, will be used for the future."—Anne L. Clark,Journal of Lesbian Studies"Love Between Womengives contemporary debates on sexuality a carefully delineated past. It boldly insists upon a different future, one informed by history but not tyrannized by it."—Susan Ackerman,Lambda Book Report"Fascinating, provocative and lucid. . . . Brooten has made a fundamental contribution to women's and gender studies, gay and lesbian studies, and classics."—Elizabeth A. Castelli,Women's Review of BooksWinner of the Lambda Literary Award for Best Lesbian Studies Book, 1997
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Book details

List price: $31.00
Copyright year: 1996
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 11/1/1998
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 446
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.386
Language: English

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Abbreviations and Technical Terms, Short Titles, and Keys to Symbols
Context within Current Scholarship on Same-Sex Love in Antiquity
This Study within the Context of Ancient Mediterranean Women's History
This Study within the Context of Lesbian History
Female Homoeroticism in the Roman World: The Cultural Context of Early Christianity
Introduction: Of Sappho, Woman-Woman Marriage, and the Ways of the Egyptians
Sappho of Lesbos
Classical and Hellenistic Greek Literature
Classical Latin Literature
Greek Authors of the Roman Period
Artistic Representations
Postbiblical Judaism
"Inflame Her Liver with Love": Greek Erotic Spells from Egypt
The Female Homoerotic Binding Spells: Texts and Commentary
Interpreting Cultural Ideology
Reconstructing Women's History
The Erotic Spells, Magic, and Religion
The Spells and Early Christianity
Predetermined Erotic Orientations: Astrological Texts
Dorotheos of Sidon
Vettius Valens
Hermes Trismegistos
Firmicus Maternus
Hephaistion of Thebes
Women with Masculine Desires: Medical Treatments
Tribades as Mentally Ill
Clitoridectomy for Women with Masculine Desires
The Medical Heritage of Female Homoeroticism
Unnatural Love: Classifying Dreams
Early Christian Responses to Female Homoeroticism
Introduction: Of British Schoolteachers and Romans
Paul's Letter to the Romans: Interpretive Frameworks and Female Homoeroticism
Literary Approaches to Romans
Interpretive Frameworks for Romans 1:18-32
Romans 1:18-32: A Commentary
Commentary on Romans 1:16-32
Excursus: The Debate on Natural Theology
Excursus: An Anthropological Understanding of Impurity
Intertextual Echoes in Romans 1:18-32
Natural Law
Nature as the Order of Creation
Natures as the Gendered Nature of Human Beings
Romans 1:26f and Jewish Law
Wisdom of Solomon 12:23-15:19 and Romans 1:18-32
How Other Ancient Sources on Sexual Love Between Women Can Help Us Understand Paul's Condemnation
Tortures in Hell: Early Church Fathers on Female Homoeroticism
Apocalyptic Visions of God's Punishment for Sexual Relations Between Women
Women Casting Themselves off a Cliff in Hell: The Apocalypse of Peter
Women Burning in Hell: The Acts of Thomas
Women Running in a River of Fire: The Apocalypse of Paul
Patristic Writers of the Second and Third Centuries
Women Who Defy Nature and the Social Order: Tertullian of Carthage
Women Who Marry Other Women: Clement of Alexandria
Excursus: Ancient Marginal Notes on Clement
Heretics Who Promote Equality: Hippolytos on the Naassenes
Church Awareness of Sexual Love Between Women in the Fourth and Fifth Centuries
"Nature knows her own boundaries": John Chrysostom on Romans 1:26f
Homoeroticism in a Monastic Setting: Shenute of Atripe
Let Nuns Go Out in Groups of Three: Augustine of Hippo
Select Annotated Bibliography on Romans 1:26f and the New Testament and Homosexuality Generally
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