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Title: Asceticism and Exegesis in Early Christianity: Reception and Use of New Testament Texts in Ancient Christian Ascetic Discourses
Author: Weidemann, Hans-Ulrich (ed)
Publisher: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht; Publication Date: 2013
Hardcover; ISBN: 9783525593585
Volumes: 1; Pages: 464
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From the beginning, many of the early Christian communities led an ascetic lifestyle, although a good number of New Testament texts do not seem suitable for justifying radical ascetic and encratite practice. The question thus arises how the different forms of asceticism could be justified on the basis of those scriptures. The articles of the volume focus on the interpretation and application of New Testament texts in various ascetic milieus and in the works of several early Christian authors and on the reception history of New Testament texts either supporting or resisting an ascetic relecture.