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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Peter Brown is pretty badass. This book is, as they say, magisterial. I'm sure I have some bones I could pick with it; and his prose is so beguiling that I find myself rather mistrusting it...but for now, I just lament that every book on my comps list won't likely be such a pleasure to read. Read full review

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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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