Resurrection of the Body in Western Christianity, 200-1336

ISBN-10: 0231081278

ISBN-13: 9780231081276

Edition: 1995

Authors: Caroline Walker Bynum

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Bynum examines several periods between the 3rd and 14th centuries in which discussions of the body were central to Western eschatology, and suggests that Western attitudes toward the body that arose from these discussions still undergird our modern notions of the individual. He explores the "plethora of ideas about resurrection in patristic and medieval literature--the metaphors, tropes, and arguments in which the ideas were garbed, their context and their consequences," in order to understand human life after death.
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List price: $36.00
Copyright year: 1995
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Publication date: 5/23/1996
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 390
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.496
Language: English

Caroline Walker Bynum is University Professor at Columbia University. She is the author of Resurrection of the Body in Western Christianity, 200-1336, and Fragmentation and Redemption: Essays on Gender and the Body in Medieval Religion (Zone Books, 1991).

List of Illustrations
Introduction: Seed Images, Ancient and Modern
Resurrection and Martyrdom: The Decades Around 200
Early Metaphors for Resurrection: Fertility and Repetition
The Second Century: Organic Metaphors and Material Continuity
Irenaeus and Tertullian: The Paradox of Continuity and Change
Burial Practices
Resurrection, Relic Cult, and Asceticism: The Debates of 400 and Their Background
The Legacy of the Second Century
Origen and Methodius: The Seed versus the Statue
Aphrahat, Ephraim, and Cyril of Jerusalem: Immutable Particles in Process
Gregory of Nyssa: Survival, Flux, and the Fear of Decay
Jerome and the Origenist Controversy: The Issue of Bodily Integrity
Augustine and the Reassembled Statue: The Background to the Middle Ages
Relic Cult
Asceticism, the Church, and the World
Reassemblage and Regurgitation: Ideas of Bodily Resurrection in Early Scholasticism
Herrad of Hohenbourg: An Introduction to Twelfth-Century Art and Theology
A Scholastic Consensus: The Reassemblage and Dowering of the Body
Honorius Augustodunensis and John Scotus Erigena: An Alternative Tradition?
Psychosomatic Persons and Reclothed Skeletons: Images of Resurrection in Spiritual Writing and Iconography
Hildegard of Bingen: The Greening of Person and the Body as Dust
Cistercian Writing: Images of First and Second Resurrection
Peter the Venerable and the Pauline Seed
Otto of Freising's Uneasy Synthesis: Resurrection "Clothed in a Double Mantle ..."
The Iconography of the General Resurrection: Devouring and Regurgitation of Fragments and Bones
Resurrection, Heresy, and Burial ad Sanctos: The Twelfth-Century Context
Fragmentation and Burial Practices
Hierarchy, Heresy and Fear of Decay
Resurrection, Hylomorphism, and Abundantia: Scholastic Debates in the Thirteenth Century
The Discourse of High Scholasticism: The Rejection of Statues and Seeds
Bonaventure and the Ambivalence of Desire
Albert the Great, Thomas Aquinas, and Giles of Rome: Resurrection, Hylomorphism, and Formal Identity
The Condemnations of 1277 and the Materialist Reaction
Somatomorphic Soul and Visio Dei: The Beatific Vision Controversy and Its Background
The Controversy Over the Beatific Vision
Otherworld Journeys and the Divine Comedy
The Hagiography and Iconography of Wholeness
Fragmentation and Ecstasy: The Thirteenth-Century Context
The Practice of Bodily Partition
Devotional Literature: Body as Locus of Experience and as Friend
Women Mystics and the Triumph of Desire
General Index
Index of Secondary Authors
Illustration Credits
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