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Care of the Self in Early Christian Texts (Hardcover) (Deborah Niederer Saxon)

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This book presents the first three Christian centuries through the lens of what Foucault called “the care of the self.” This lens reveals a rich variation among early Christ movements by illuminating their practices instead of focusing on what we anachronistically assume to have been their beliefs. A deep analysis of the discourse of martyrdom demonstrates how writers like Clement, Ignatius, and Polycarp represented as self-care. Deborah Niederer Saxon brings to light an entire spectrum of alternative views represented in newly-discovered texts from Nag Hammadi and elsewhere. This insightful analysis has implications for feminist scholarship and exposes the false binary of thinking in terms of “orthodoxy” versus “heresy”/”Gnosticism.”

Genre: Religion + Beliefs, Philosophy, Social Science
Series Title: Bible and Cultural Studies
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Springer Verlag
Author: Deborah Niederer Saxon
Language: English
Street Date: November 4, 2017
TCIN: 53056883
UPC: 9783319647494
Item Number (DPCI): 248-52-7008
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