The Hungry Are Dying: Beggars and Bishops in Roman Cappadocia

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Oxford University Press, Jul 19, 2001 - Religion - 256 pages
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This study examines the theme of poverty in the fourth-century sermons of Basil of Caesarea, Gregory Nazianzen, and Gregory Nysson. These sermons are especially important for what they tell us about the history of poverty relief and the role of fourth century Christian theology in constructing the body of the redemptive, involuntary poor. Some of the topics explored include the contextualization of the poor in scholarship, the poor in late antiquity, and starvation and famine dynamics. In exploring this relationship between cultural context and theological language, this volume offers a broad and fresh overview of these little-studied texts.
 

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Contents

Placing the Poor
3
1 Leitourgia and the Poor in the Early Christian World
31
Famine Relief and Identity in Basils Cappadocia
64
The Poor as Fiscal Body
99
The Peri Philoptochias Sermons and the Transforming Body
135
Between Courtyard and Altar
168
Appendix Three Sermons
183
Select Bibliography
207
Index
223
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