Asceticism and Exegesis in Early Christianity: The Reception of New Testament Texts in Ancient Ascetic Discourses

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Hans-Ulrich Weidemann
Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, Mar 13, 2013 - Religion - 464 pages
From the beginning, many of the early Christian communities led an ascetic lifestyle, although a good number of New Testament texts do not seem suitable for justifying radical ascetic and encratite practice. The question thus arises how the different forms of asceticism could be justified on the basis of those scriptures. The articles of the volume focus on the interpretation and application of New Testament texts in various ascetic milieus and in the works of several early Christian authors and on the reception history of New Testament texts either supporting or resisting an ascetic relecture.
 

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Contents

Body
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New Testament Texts and their Ascetic Reception
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Ascetic Texts and their Reception of the New Testament Literature of the Eastern Mediterranean
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Ascetic Texts and their Reception of the New Testament Literature of the Western Mediterranean
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