The Resource Thorns in the flesh : illness and sanctity in late ancient Christianity, Andrew Crislip

Thorns in the flesh : illness and sanctity in late ancient Christianity, Andrew Crislip

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Thorns in the flesh : illness and sanctity in late ancient Christianity
Title
Thorns in the flesh
Title remainder
illness and sanctity in late ancient Christianity
Statement of responsibility
Andrew Crislip
Title variation
Illness and sanctity in late ancient Christianity
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Language
eng
Summary
"The literature of late ancient Christianity is rich both in saints who lead lives of almost Edenic health and in saints who court and endure horrifying diseases. In such narratives, health and illness might signify the sanctity of the ascetic, or invite consideration of a broader theology of illness. In Thorns in the Flesh, Andrew Crislip draws on a wide range of texts from the fourth through sixth centuries that reflect persistent and contentious attempts to make sense of the illness of the ostensibly holy. These sources include Lives of Antony, Paul, Pachomius, and others; theological treatises by Basil of Caesarea and Evagrius of Pontus; and collections of correspondence from the period such as the Letters of Barsanuphius and John. Through close readings of these texts, Crislip shows how late ancient Christians complicated and critiqued hagiographical commonplaces and radically reinterpreted illness as a valuable mode for spiritual and ascetic practice. Illness need not point to sin or failure, he demonstrates, but might serve in itself as a potent form of spiritual practice that surpasses even the most strenuous of ascetic labors and opens up the sufferer to a more direct knowledge of the self and the divine. Crislip provides a fresh and nuanced look at the contentious and dynamic theology of illness that emerged in and around the ascetic and monastic cultures of the later Roman world."--Project Muse
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MERUC
Dewey number
261.8/32109015
Index
index present
LC call number
BR195.S93
LC item number
C75 2013eb
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
Series statement
Divinations : rereading late ancient religion
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Thorns in the flesh : illness and sanctity in late ancient Christianity, Andrew Crislip
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Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 175-230) and index
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online resource
Carrier category code
cr
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rdacarrier
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text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Illness, sanctity, and asceticism in antiquity : approaches and contexts -- Asceticism, health, and Christian salvation history : perspectives from the earliest monastic sources -- Paradise, health, and the hagiographical imagination -- Choosing illness : illness as ascetic practice -- Pestilence and sainthood : the great Coptic Life of our Father Pachomius -- Illness and spiritual direction in late ancient Gaza : the correspondence of Barsanuphius and John with the sick Monk Andrew
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ocn823718191
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unknown
Edition
1st ed
Extent
1 online resource (238 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9781283898683
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computer
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rdamedia
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c
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421118
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.b29256471
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remote
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  • (OCoLC)823718191
  • pebcs0812207203

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