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By Richard Finn

ISBN-10: 0521681545

ISBN-13: 9780521681544

ISBN-10: 0521862817

ISBN-13: 9780521862813

Asceticism deploys abstention, strength of mind, and self-denial, to reserve oneself or a group relating to the divine. either its practices and the cultural beliefs they expressed have been vital to pagans, Jews, Christians of alternative forms, and Manichees. Richard Finn provides for the 1st time a mixed examine of the key ascetic traditions, which were formerly misunderstood by way of being studied individually. He examines how humans abstained from meals, drink, sexual kin, sleep, and wealth; what they intended by means of their behaviour; and the way they encouraged others within the Graeco-Roman international. in contrast history, the ebook charts the increase of monasticism in Egypt, Asia Minor, Syria, and North Africa, assessing the the most important function performed through the third-century exegete, Origen, and asks why monasticism built so variously in numerous regions.

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