The Body and Society: Men, Women, and Sexual Renunciation in Early Christianity

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Columbia University Press, 1988 - Religion - 504 pages
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Addresses the practice of permanent sexual renunciation that developed in Christian circles from the first to the fifth centuries AD. This book describes the early Christians and their preoccupations. It follows the reflection and controversy these notions generated among Christian writers. It is intended for classicists and medievalists.

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Perhaps the most articulate and wide ranging survey of sexual attitudes, the role of men and women and the mystery of celibacy in Early Christianity ever written.

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PETER BROWN, Rollins Professor of History at Princeton University, is a leading authority on the society of late antiquity and early Christianity. He is author of Augustine of Hippo: A Biography (1967, 2000), The Rise of Western Christendom (1996), Authority and the Sacred (1995), and The Body and Society: Men, Women, and Sexual Renunciation in Early Christianity (1988).

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