From Feasting To Fasting, The Evolution Of A Sin

From Feasting To Fasting, The Evolution Of A Sin

by Veronika Grimm
     
 

ISBN-10: 0415135958

ISBN-13: 9780415135955

Pub. Date: 07/27/2005

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

In this highly original study, Veronika Grimm discusses early Christian texts dealing with food, eating and fasting. Modern day eating disorders often equate food with sin and see fasting as an attempt to regain purity, an attitude which can also be observed in early Christian beliefs in the mortification of the flesh. Describing first the historical and social

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In this highly original study, Veronika Grimm discusses early Christian texts dealing with food, eating and fasting. Modern day eating disorders often equate food with sin and see fasting as an attempt to regain purity, an attitude which can also be observed in early Christian beliefs in the mortification of the flesh. Describing first the historical and social context of Judaism and the Graeco-Roman world, the author then proceeds to analyse Christian attitudes towards food. Descriptions of food found in the Pauline Epistles, the Acts of the Apostles, Tertullian or Augustine are compared to contemporary Jewish or Graeco-Roman pagan texts. Thus a particular Christian mode of fasting is elaborated which influences us to the present day; ascetic fasting for the suppression of the sexual urges of the body. Winner of the 1995 Routledge Ancient History Prize

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415135955
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
07/27/2005
Pages:
308
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.81(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
List of abbreviations
Introduction1
1The Jewish Background14
2The Graeco-Roman Background34
3Food and Fasting in the Pauline Epistles60
4Food and Fasting in the Acts of the Apostles74
5Clement of Alexandria90
6Food and Fasting in the Works of Tertullian114
7Food and Fasting in Origen and Eusebius140
8Jerome and Ascetic Propaganda157
9Augustine and Ascetic Practice180
Conclusion191
Notes198
Note on the sources264
Bibliography267
Index278

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