Slavery in Early Christianity / Edition 1

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Early Christian ideology accepted slavery as the norm; it used physical slavery as a metaphor for the slavery of the soul so that everyone could understand and relate to it. This in-depth and academic study of the definition and function of slavery across the early Christian Mediterranean draws on literary, documentary and theological sources. Glancy examines the place of the human body in Christian thought and the relationship between corporality and spirituality, the participation of slaves in church rituals, Jesus' words concerning slaves and the legal aspects of slaveholding.
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"A wide-ranging and authoritative investigation of early Christian responses to slavery in antiquity. Glancy's research is characterised by thorough attention to the documentary and literary evidence and demonstrates a keen ability to challenge well-established positions. An essential addition to any research library with a focus on ancient history, early Christianity, or theology." —International Journal of the Classical Tradition

"Glancy has given us an energetic reappraisal of the issues, provocative in the best sense even when one does not agree with her conclusions. Engaging with scholarship from the recent past, she challenged me to rethink my conclusions and assumptions."— Journal of Early Christian Studies

"a fresh and convincing monograph on slavery in early Christianity Her new approach will mandate a significant rewriting of how slaves and slaveholders were addressed in canonical and extra-canonical sources of the early Christian communities. Glancy has made a major and definitive contribution that scholars of early Christianity should not ignore."—Anglican Theological Review

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195136098
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 3/14/2002
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 224
  • Lexile: 1470L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 9.20 (w) x 6.30 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Jennifer A. Glancy is Georg Professor of Religious Studies at Le Moyne College in Syracuse, N.Y. She holds a Ph.D. in Religion from Columbia University. Her numerous articles cover topics including gender studies in the apocrypha and early Christian writings, the Bible and cultural studies, and slavery in Hellenistic Judaism and the New Testament. She is a co-author of Introduction to the Study of Religion. She currently chairs the Bible and Cultural Studies section of the Society of Biblical Literature.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 3
1 Bodies and Souls: The Rhetoric of Slavery 9
2 Body Work: Slavery and the Pauline Churches 39
3 Body Language: Corporal Anxiety and Christian Theology 71
4 Parabolic Bodies: The Figure of the Slave in the Sayings of Jesus 102
5 Moral Bodies: Ecclesiastical Development and Slaveholding Culture 130
Notes 157
Bibliography 181
Index 193
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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 19, 2004

    in depth and intriguing

    Have to admit that this book should be a duty to read before one enters letters of Paul. Unfortunately, most contemporary readers of New Testament think that conditions and reality back then was sort of like we live in now. Cruel awakening once one reads this book! However, one thing I would correct in Ms Clancy's title is: Slavery in early christian religion. Christianity existed only during a short period after Pentecost, and still does but is not institutionalized.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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