Marriage in the Western Church: The Christianization of Marriage During the Patristic and Early Medieval Periods

Marriage in the Western Church: The Christianization of Marriage During the Patristic and Early Medieval Periods

by Reynolds
     
 

Author Philip Reynolds examines how marriage acquired a specifically Christian identity in the Latin West during the first millennium after Christ. Beginning with Jesus, everything the Christians did, including getting married, began a process of differentiation. Reynolds offers three themes for theological reflection and interpretation: Jesus’ teaching,… See more details below

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Author Philip Reynolds examines how marriage acquired a specifically Christian identity in the Latin West during the first millennium after Christ. Beginning with Jesus, everything the Christians did, including getting married, began a process of differentiation. Reynolds offers three themes for theological reflection and interpretation: Jesus’ teaching, Paul’s Letter to the Ephesians, and Paul’s justification of marriage as a solution to the problem of sexual desire. Reynolds’ insights into the Christianization of marriage make this a valuable book at both the scholarly and the practical level.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780391041080
Publisher:
Brill Academic Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
12/18/2001
Series:
Supplements to Vigiliae Christianae Series
Pages:
436
Product dimensions:
5.52(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.30(d)

Table of Contents

Abbreviations
Acknowledgments
Introduction: the Christianization of Marriage
Pt. 1Marriage in Civil Law
IRoman Law: the Formation and Nature of Marriage3
IIRoman Law: the Dissolution of Marriage44
IIIGermanic Law: Betrothal and Divorce66
IVGermanic Law: Irregular and Informal Marriage101
Pt. 2Marriage in the Church
VLex Divina: the Distinction121
VILex Divina: the Historical Context142
VIIThe Impediment of Inequality156
VIIIThe Matthean Exception in the Fathers173
IXThe Matthean Exception and the Doctrine of Indissolubility213
XSeparating to Serve God227
Pt. 3Augustine's Theology of Marriage
XIAugustine on Marriage as Spiritual Union241
XIIAugustine on Marriage as a Remedy259
XIIIAugustine on the Sacrament in Marriage280
Pt. 4The Nuptial Process
XIVBetrothal315
XVConsummation328
XVIBenediction362
XVIIMarrying in the Frankish Church386
Conclusion: from consortium omnis vitae to sacramentum magnum413
Bibliography420
Index429

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