The Body and Society: Men, Women, and Sexual Renunciation in Early Christianity; Twentieth Anniversary Edition with a New Introduction / Edition 20

The Body and Society: Men, Women, and Sexual Renunciation in Early Christianity; Twentieth Anniversary Edition with a New Introduction / Edition 20

by Peter Brown
     
 

ISBN-10: 0231144067

ISBN-13: 9780231144063

Pub. Date: 06/26/2008

Publisher: Columbia University Press

First published in 1988, Peter Brown's The Body and Society was a groundbreaking study of the marriage and sexual practices of early Christians in the ancient Mediterranean and Near East. Brown focuses on the practice of permanent sexual renunciation - continence, celibacy, and lifelong virginity - in Christian circles from the first to the fifth centuries A.D. and

Overview

First published in 1988, Peter Brown's The Body and Society was a groundbreaking study of the marriage and sexual practices of early Christians in the ancient Mediterranean and Near East. Brown focuses on the practice of permanent sexual renunciation - continence, celibacy, and lifelong virginity - in Christian circles from the first to the fifth centuries A.D. and traces early Christians' preoccupations with sexuality and the body in the work of the period's great writers.

The Body and Society questions how theological views on sexuality and the human body both mirrored and shaped relationships between men and women, Roman aristocracy and slaves, and the married and the celibate. Brown discusses Tertullian, Valentinus, Clement of Alexandria, Origen, Constantine, the Desert Fathers, Jerome, Ambrose, and Augustine, among others, and considers 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 the body and society in the early Middle Ages. In his new introduction, Brown reflects on his work's reception in the scholarly community.

About the Author:
Peter Brown, is the Philip and Beulah Rollins Professor of History at Princeton University and the most prominent scholar of late antiquity (between 250 and 800 A.D.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780231144063
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
Publication date:
06/26/2008
Series:
Columbia Classics in Religion Series
Edition description:
Anniversar
Pages:
568
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.20(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents


Preface     xiii
Introduction     xxi
From Paul to Anthony     3
Body and City     5
From Apostle to Apologist: Sexual Order and Sexual Renunciation in the Early Church     33
Martyrdom, Prophecy and Continence: Hermas to Tertullian     65
"To Undo the Works of Women": Marcion, Tatian, and the Encratites     83
"When You Make the Two One": Valentinus and Gnostic Spiritual Guidance     103
"A Faint Image of Divine Providence": Clement of Alexandria     122
"A Promiscuous Brotherhood and Sisterhood": Men and Women in the Christian Churches     140
"I Beseech You: Be Transformed": Origen     160
"Walking on Earth, Touching High Heaven's Vault": Porphyry and Methodius     178
Church and Body: Cyprian, Mani and Eusebius of Caesarea     190
Asceticism and Society in the Eastern Empire     211
The Desert Fathers: Anthony to John Climacus     213
"Make to Yourselves Separate Booths": Monks, Women and Marriage in Egypt     241
"Daughters of Jerusalem": The Ascetic Life of Women in the Fourth Century     259
Marriage and Mortality: Gregory of Nyssa     285
Sexuality and the City: John Chrysostom     305
"These Are Our Angels": Syria     323
Ambroseto Augustine: The Making of the Latin Tradition     339
Aula Pudoris: Ambrose     341
"Learn of Me a Holy Arrogance": Jerome     366
Sexuality and Society: Augustine     387
Epilogue. Body and Society: The Early Middle Ages     428
Bibliography     449
Index     495

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