Body and Society: Men, Women, and Sexual Renunciation in Early Christianity (Twentieth Anniversary Edition with a New Introduction)by Peter Brown Columbia University Press
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Brown vividly describes the early Christians and their strange, disturbing preoccupations. He follows in detail the reflection and controversy these notions generated among Christian writers. Among the topics covered are marriage and sexuality in the Roman world, Judaism and the early church, Origen and the tradition of spiritual guidance, sexuality in the desert fathers and Augustine and sexuality. The Body and Society is a significant study on sexuality and the family in the ancient world by a renowned scholar. Besides being of great interest to readers in ancient history and early church history, and to classicists and medievalists, it will engage readers concerned with women's studies and the history of sexuality.
''The reader of Peter Brown's work is always uncertain which to admire most, the grace and clarity, the scope and erudition, or the ability to bring diverse and complex units into a meaningful whole. These merits are all fully on display in The Body and Society.''
—New York Times Book Review
“A work of rediscovery and re-evaluation, written in luminous, heart-stopping prose.”
PrefaceIntroductionPart I. From Paul to anthony1. Body and City2. From Apostle to Apologist: Sexual Order and Sexual Renunciation in the Early Church3. Martyrdom, Prophecy and Continence: Hermas to Tertullian4. 'To Undo the Works of Women': Marcion, Tatian and the Encratites5. 'When You Make the Two One': Valentinus and Gnostic Spiritual Guidance6. 'A Faint Image of Divine Providence': Clement of Alexandria7. 'A Promiscuous Brotherhood and Sisterhood': Men and Women in the Christian Churches8. 'I Beseech You: Be Transformed': Origen9. 'Walking on Earth, Touching High Heaven's Vault': Porphyry and Methodius10. Church and Body: Cyprian, Mani and Eusebius of CaesareaPart II. asceticism and Society in the Eastern Empire11. The Desert Fathers: Anthony to John Climacus12. 'Make to Yourselves Separate Booths': Monks, Women and Marriage in Egypt13. 'Daughters of Jerusalem': The Ascetic Life of Women in the Fourth Century14. Marriage and Mortality: Gregory of Nyssa15. Sexuality and the City: John Chrysostom16. 'These Are Our Angels': SyriaPart III. Ambrose to Augustine: The Making of the Latin Tradition17. Aula Pudoris: Ambrose18. 'Learn of Me a Holy Arrogance': Jerome19. Sexuality and Society: AugustineEpilogue. Body and Society: The Early Middle AgesBibliographyIndex