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The Resurrection of the Body in Western Christianity, 200-1336 : American Lectures on the History of Religions - Caroline Walker Bynum

The Resurrection of the Body in Western Christianity, 200-1336

American Lectures on the History of Religions

Hardcover Published: 1st December 1994
ISBN: 9780231081269
Number Of Pages: 384
For Ages: 22+ years old

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Bynum examines several periods between the 3rd and 14th centuries in which discussions of the body were central to Western eschatology, and suggests that Western attitudes toward the body that arose from these discussions still undergird our modern notions of the individual. He explores the "plethora of ideas about resurrection in patristic and medieval literature--the metaphors, tropes, and arguments in which the ideas were garbed, their context and their consequences," in order to understand human life after death.

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"There are few historians of whom one can say that they have actually shifted some of the landscape of the writing of history in their own generation, but Bynum is one of them." -- The New Republic "Bynum's account is a very impressive and persuasive one... well supported by textual references and by connections she makes between what the ancients wrote and their burial practices, treatment of corpses and cults of relics... [A] fascinating and wide-ranging account that tells us a lot about medieval thinking and practice." -- New York Times Book Review "A remarkable achievement of scholarship and interpretation, an imaginative, determined, and persuasive probing of a counterintuitive thesis." -- Nicholas Terpstra, Sixteenth Century Journal

List of Illustrations
Introduction: Seed Images, Ancient and Modernp. 1
Resurrection and Martyrdom: The Decades Around 200p. 21
Early Metaphors for Resurrection: Fertility and Repetitionp. 22
The Second Century: Organic Metaphors and Material Continuityp. 27
Irenaeus and Tertullian: The Paradox of Continuity and Changep. 34
Martyrdomp. 43
Burial Practicesp. 51
Resurrection, Relic Cult, and Asceticism: The Debates of 400 and Their Backgroundp. 59
The Legacy of the Second Centuryp. 59
Origen and Methodius: The Seed versus the Statuep. 63
Aphrahat, Ephraim, and Cyril of Jerusalem: Immutable Particles in Processp. 71
Gregory of Nyssa: Survival, Flux, and the Fear of Decayp. 81
Jerome and the Origenist Controversy: The Issue of Bodily Integrityp. 86
Augustine and the Reassembled Statue: The Background to the Middle Agesp. 94
Relic Cultp. 104
Asceticism, the Church, and the Worldp. 108
Reassemblage and Regurgitation: Ideas of Bodily Resurrection in Early Scholasticismp. 117
Herrad of Hohenbourg: An Introduction to Twelfth-Century Art and Theologyp. 117
A Scholastic Consensus: The Reassemblage and Dowering of the Bodyp. 121
Honorius Augustodunensis and John Scotus Erigena: An Alternative Tradition?p. 137
Psychosomatic Persons and Reclothed Skeletons: Images of Resurrection in Spiritual Writing and Iconographyp. 156
Hildegard of Bingen: The Greening of Person and the Body as Dustp. 157
Cistercian Writing: Images of First and Second Resurrectionp. 163
Peter the Venerable and the Pauline Seedp. 176
Otto of Freising's Uneasy Synthesis: Resurrection "Clothed in a Double Mantle ..."p. 180
The Iconography of the General Resurrection: Devouring and Regurgitation of Fragments and Bonesp. 186
Resurrection, Heresy, and Burial ad Sanctos: The Twelfth-Century Contextp. 200
Fragmentation and Burial Practicesp. 201
Hierarchy, Heresy and Fear of Decayp. 214
Miraclesp. 220
Resurrection, Hylomorphism, and Abundantia: Scholastic Debates in the Thirteenth Centuryp. 229
The Discourse of High Scholasticism: The Rejection of Statues and Seedsp. 232
Bonaventure and the Ambivalence of Desirep. 247
Albert the Great, Thomas Aquinas, and Giles of Rome: Resurrection, Hylomorphism, and Formal Identityp. 256
The Condemnations of 1277 and the Materialist Reactionp. 271
Somatomorphic Soul and Visio Dei: The Beatific Vision Controversy and Its Backgroundp. 279
Purgatoryp. 280
The Controversy Over the Beatific Visionp. 283
Otherworld Journeys and the Divine Comedyp. 291
The Hagiography and Iconography of Wholenessp. 305
Fragmentation and Ecstasy: The Thirteenth-Century Contextp. 318
The Practice of Bodily Partitionp. 320
Devotional Literature: Body as Locus of Experience and as Friendp. 329
Women Mystics and the Triumph of Desirep. 334
Epiloguep. 341
General Indexp. 345
Index of Secondary Authorsp. 359
Illustration Creditsp. 367
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ISBN: 9780231081269
ISBN-10: 023108126X
Series: American Lectures on the History of Religions
Audience: Professional
For Ages: 22+ years old
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 384
Published: 1st December 1994
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.55 x 15.85  x 2.79
Weight (kg): 0.77

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