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Asceticism and the New Testament (Leif E Vaage) Paperback Book, (Routledge, 1999) 9780415921961

Title: Asceticism and the New Testament

Author: Vaage, Leif E

Additional Authors or Contributors: Vincent L Wimbush (eds)

Publisher: Routledge/Taylor & Francis; Publication Date: 1999

Paperback; ISBN: 9780415921961

Volumes: 1; 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.



List of Contributors


Pt. 1 (All About) JESUS

1 Asceticism and the Gospel of Matthew

2 Asceticism and Mark's Gospel

3 Askesis and the Early Jesus Tradition

4 Beloved Physician of the Soul? Luke as Advocate for Ascetic Practice

5 "Full of Spirit and Wisdom": Luke's Portrait of Stephen (Acts 6:1-8:1a) as a Man of Self-Mastery

6 Children of the Resurrection: Perspectives on Angelic Asceticism in Luke-Acts

7 Asceticism and the Gospel of John

8 Making Sense of Difference: Asceticism, Gospel Literature, and the Jesus Tradition

Pt. 2 PAUL (The Real Thing)

9 God's Will at Thessalonica and Greco-Roman Asceticism

10 Disciplines of Difference: Asceticism and History in Paul

11 Paul the Prisoner: Political Asceticism in the Letter to the Philippians

12 The Letter to Philemon and Asceticism

13 Competing Ascetic Subjectivities in the Letter to the Galatians

14 Asceticism among the "Weak" and "Strong" in Romans 14-15

Pt. 3 Imitatio PAULI

15 2 Thessalonians and the Discipline of Work

16 Citizens of Heaven and Earth: Asceticism and Social Integration in Colossians and Ephesians

17 Askesis and Resistance in the Pastoral Letters

18 Where Is "This World" Headed? Irony, World Renunciation, and the Pauline Corpus

Pt. 4 Un-Paul

19 The Virtue of Suffering, the Necessity of Discipline, and the Pursuit of Perfection in Hebrews

20 An Asceticism of Resistance in James

21 Asceticism or Household Morality? 1 and 2 Peter and Jude

22 Asceticism in the Johannine Letters?

23 The Ascetic Way: Reflections on Peace, Justice, and Vengeance in the Apocalypse of John

24 Imperial Asceticism: Discipline of Domination

Epilogue: The New Testament and Asceticism

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