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Reading Renunciation [Hardcover]

By Elizabeth A. Clark (Author)
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Pages   360
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.55" Width: 6.47" Height: 1.2"
Weight:   1.68 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Jul 26, 1999
Publisher   Princeton University Press
ISBN  0691005117  
EAN  9780691005119  

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A study of how asceticism was promoted through Biblical interpretation, "Reading Renunciation uses contemporary literary theory to unravel the writing strategies of the early Christian authors. Not a general discussion of early Christian teachings on celibacy and marriage, the book is a close examination, in the author's words, of how "the Fathers' axiology of abstinence informed their interpretation of Scriptural texts and incited the production of ascetic meaning."

Elizabeth Clark begins with a survey of scholarship concerning early Christian asceticism that is designed to orient the nonspecialist. Section Two is organized around potentially troubling issues posed by Old Testament texts that demanded skillful handling by ascetically inclined Christian exegetes. The third section, "Reading Paul," focuses on the hermeneutical problems raised by I Corinthians 7, and the Deutero-Pauline and Pastoral Epistles.

Elizabeth Clark's remarkable work will be of interest to scholars of late antiquity, religion, literary theory, and history.

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Elizabeth A. Clark is John Carlisle Kilgo Professor of Religion, Duke University.

Elizabeth A. Clark currently resides in the state of North Carolina. Elizabeth A. Clark was born in 1938 and has an academic affiliation as follows - Department of Religion, Duke University.

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A Must-Read for the Field  Nov 7, 2008
Dr. Clark takes a new approach in seeking to understand and describe the various approaches used in the early church to interpret Scripture. In the past these approaches have been loosely (and unhelpfully) divided into "literal" and "allegorical" readings of the biblical text. Clark picks one area that is common to the church fathers--that of asceticism, or the stated preference for the celibate life. She then looks at their actual usage of the biblical text to more carefully classify those methods than has been done in the past. Following that description, she shows how these ways of reading the text enabled the fathers to harmonize the non-ascetic Old Testament with what they saw as an ascetic New Testament. Following this,she examines in detail how the fathers dealt with one key New Testament chapter on marriage and celibacy: 1 Corinthians 7. Her last chapter then shows how the fathers were able to read the later New Testament epistles in such a way as to conform them to the ascetic understanding of 1 Cor 7. Throughout, she shows an astonishing familiarity with the primary sources.

Anyone interested not only in how the Bible has been read in the past, but in how it is read in the present should own and study this work.

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