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Glancy here situates early Christian slavery in its broader cultural setting, arguing that modern scholars have consistently underestimated the pervasive impact of slavery on the institutional structures, ideologies, and practices of the early churches - and upon the bodies of the enslaved. Her careful attention to the bodily experience of subjection and violation that constituted slavery makes this an indispensable book for anyone interested in slavery in early Christianity. Includes special chapters on Jesus and Paul.
|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|
Posted May 19, 2004
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.
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