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Early Christian Literature: Christ and Culture in the Second and Third Centuries,9780415354882

Early Christian Literature: Christ and Culture in the Second and Third Centuries

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Format: Paperback
Pub. Date: 6/6/2005
Publisher(s): Routledge
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Summary

Christians in the formative period of their religion, from the mid first to early third centuries, sought new ways of relating their lives to the dominant society that surrounded them. As doctrine and practice became established, hostility from the wider world was often extreme. Christians used many literary forms to strengthen their own self-definition. Prominent among these were the Apologies as well as the semi-fictional Apocryphal Acts and Martyr Acts. These forms used the existing literary patterns of Greco-Roman society to present distinctively Christian ideas, attitudes and adventures. In this thoroughgoing study, Helen Rhee shows how the forms of classical literature were adapted to present the superiority of Christian monotheism; the superiority of Christian sexual morality; and Christian (dis)loyalty to the Empire. These propagandistic writings shaped the theological, moral and political trajectories of Christian faith and contributed largely to the definition of orthodoxy. This outstandingwork of scholarship explores issues of cultural identity in an area which has hitherto lacked definition. In clear prose the author presents arguments that will be of equal interest to the student of early Christianity and of Greco-Roman literary culture and civilization.

Author Biography

Helen Rhee is Assistant Professor of World Christianity at Westmont College, Santa Barbara, California

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix
Abbreviations xi
Introduction 1(8)
Second-century Christian literature in its historical-cultural context
9(40)
Christianity in the mid-second and the early third centuries
9(3)
Christian interaction with Greco-Roman society
12(8)
Literature of the second century: the Apologies, Apocryphal Acts, and Martyr Acts
20(27)
Triangular relationship
47(2)
The superiority of Christian monotheism
49(57)
Apologies: Christianity as true philosophy
50(21)
Apocryphal Acts: Christianity as true power
71(17)
Martyr Acts: Christianity as true piety
88(14)
Summary and conclusion
102(4)
The superiority of Christian sexual morality
106(53)
Asceticism in general: the controlling paradigm
106(2)
Asceticism: sexual chastity and renunciation
108(1)
Chastity, marriage, and family in Greco-Roman society: ideology and practice
109(4)
Marriage and celibacy in the New Testament
113(4)
Apologies: harmony with the established social order
117(6)
Tatian and encratism
123(2)
Apocryphal Acts: antithesis of the social ideal and resistance to the social order
125(18)
Martyr Acts: renunciation of social mores
143(13)
Summary and conclusion
156(3)
Christian loyalty to the Empire
159(30)
Imperial cult: unity of religion and politics
159(5)
Apologies: Christian loyalty to the Empire
164(7)
Apocryphal Acts: Christian subversiveness to the Empire
171(8)
Martyr Acts: Christian resistance to the Empire
179(7)
Summary and conclusion
186(3)
Conclusion 189(6)
Notes 195(33)
Bibliography 228(32)
Index 260

Excerpts

"In this thoroughgoing study, Helen Rhee shows how the forms of classical genre were adapted to present the superiority of Christian monotheism; the superiority of Christian sexual morality; and Christian (dis)loyalty to the Empire. These propagandistic writings shaped the theological, moral and political trajectories of Christian faith and contributed largely to the definition of orthodoxy." "This work of scholarship explores issues of cultural identity in an area which has hitherto lacked definition. In clear prose the author presents arguments that will be of equal interest to the student of early Christianity and of Greco-Roman literary culture and civilization."--BOOK JACKET.

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