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Asceticism and the New Testament - Leif E. Vaage

Asceticism and the New Testament

By: Leif E. Vaage (Editor), Vincent L. Wimbush (Editor)

Paperback Published: 28th June 1999
ISBN: 9780415921954
Number Of Pages: 336

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As a complex historical phenomenon, asceticism raises the question about ordinary impulses, the orientation and practices, the power dynamics and politics with transcendental religions. The question of the role of asceticism has often been overlooked in examining the New Testament. This book is both comprehensive and comparative in its representation of how the question of asceticism might reorder the way in which we interpret the New Testament.
Looking at the New Testament from an ascetic perspective asks questions about issues including the milieu of Jesus and Paul, and the social practices of self-denial, and considers the Scriptural texts in light of a desire to separate oneself from the world. In interpreting all the books in the New Testament, this collection is the first effort to take seriously the crucial role played by asceticism--and its detractors--in the formation of the New Testament.

...""Asceticism in the New Testament enriches our understanding both of the biblical text and of the meaning of ascetic practice. The discussions put us into the Jewish and Greco-Roman world and draw out the implications of Christianity's fundamental objectives as generally countercultural with a strong call to virtue. This is an important contribution to the fields of scripture, theology, and spirituality. The style is erudite but not esoteric, and is agreeable to professional and layperson alike. I recommend this book with great enthusiasm." -Joseph F. Wimmer, "New Theology Review "A remarkable and essential collection." -Fred Burnett, "Religious Studies Review ..." the volume contains several essays that open the reader to new exegetical possiblities. It also paves the way for a reassessment of the role of asceticism throughout the entire Christian tradition." -Kenneth D. Snyder, University of St. Thomas ..."it offers a fresh and truthful way of reading the New Testament." -" Christianity Today

Introduction
(All About) Jesus
Asceticism and the Gospel of Matthew
Asceticism and Mark's Gospel
Askesis and the Early Jewish Tradition
Beloved Physician of the Soul?: Luke as Advocate for Ascetic Practice
"Full of Spirit and Wisdom": Luke's Portrait of Stephen (Acts 6:1-8:1a) as a Man of Self-Mastery
Children of the Resurrection: Perspectives on Angelic Asceticism in Luke-Acts
Asceticism and the Gospel of John
Making Sense of Difference: Asceticism, Gospel Literature and the Jesus Tradition
Paul (The Real Thing)
God's Will at Thessalonica and Greco-Roman Asceticism
Disciples of Difference: Asceticism and History in Paul
Paul the Prisoner: Political Asceticism in the Letter to the Philippians
The Letter to Philemon and Asceticism
Competing Ascetic Subjectivities in the Letter
Asceticism Among the "Weak" and "Strong" in Romans 14-15
Imitatio Pauli
2 Thessalonians and the Discipline of Work
Citizens of Heaven and Earth: Asceticism and Social Integration in Colossians and Ephesians
Askesis and Resistance in the Pastoral Letters
Where is "This World" Headed?: Irony, World Renunciation and the Pauline Corpus
Un-Paul
The Virtue of Suffering, the Necessity of Discipline, and the Pursuit of Perfection in Hebrews
An Asceticism of Resistance in James
Asceticism or Household Morality?: 1 and 2 Peter and Jude
Asceticism in the Johannine Letters?
The Ascetic Way: Reflections on Peace, Justice and Vengeance in the Apocalypse of John
Imperial Asceticism: Discipline of Domination
Epilogue: The New Testament and Asceticism
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ISBN: 9780415921954
ISBN-10: 0415921953
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 336
Published: 28th June 1999
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.57 x 16.05  x 3.05
Weight (kg): 0.79
Edition Number: 1