The Hungry Are Dying: Beggars and Bishops in Roman Cappadocia [NOOK Book]

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"Ancient sermons about the poor have often been neglected by scholars in favor of more "theological" themes. Susan R. Holman helps to redress that neglect with this study, the first book-length treatment in any modern language to focus exclusively on a collection of sermons about poverty, starvation, and disease by three leading Christian bishops of late Antiquity: Basil of Caesarea, Gregory of Nazianzus, and Gregory of Nyssa."--BOOK JACKET.
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Overview

"Ancient sermons about the poor have often been neglected by scholars in favor of more "theological" themes. Susan R. Holman helps to redress that neglect with this study, the first book-length treatment in any modern language to focus exclusively on a collection of sermons about poverty, starvation, and disease by three leading Christian bishops of late Antiquity: Basil of Caesarea, Gregory of Nazianzus, and Gregory of Nyssa."--BOOK JACKET.
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"This is a wonderful book, written with clarity and passion. Enjoyable for general reader, it will be invaluable for upper-division undergraduate and all levels of graduate courses on patristic theology, the social history of late antiquity, and Christianity and poverty."— The Journal of Religion
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Table of Contents

Abbreviations
Introduction: Placing the Poor 3
1 Leitourgia and the Poor in the Early Christian World 31
2 Hunger: Famine, Relief, and Identity in Basil's Cappadocia 64
3 Penury and Divine Gift: The Poor as Fiscal Body 99
4 Diseased and Holy: The Peri Philoptochias Sermons and the Transforming Body 135
5 Conclusion: Between Courtyard and Altar 168
App. A Basil of Caesarea, "In Time of Famine and Drought" 183
App. B Gregory of Nyssa, "On the Love of the Poor" 1: "On Good Works" 193
App. C Gregory of Nyssa, "On the Love of the Poor" 2: "On the Saying, 'Whoever Has Done It to One of These Has Done It to Me'" 199
Select Bibliography 207
Index 223
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