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By Richard Finn

ISBN-10: 0521681545

ISBN-13: 9780521681544

ISBN-10: 0521862817

ISBN-13: 9780521862813

Asceticism deploys abstention, strength of will, and self-denial, to reserve oneself or a group when it comes to the divine. either its practices and the cultural beliefs they expressed have been vital to pagans, Jews, Christians of other forms, and Manichees. Richard Finn offers for the 1st time a mixed learn of the most important ascetic traditions, that have been formerly misunderstood by means of being studied individually. He examines how humans abstained from nutrition, drink, sexual relatives, sleep, and wealth; what they intended by means of their behaviour; and the way they stimulated others within the Graeco-Roman global. in contrast historical past, the publication charts the increase of monasticism in Egypt, Asia Minor, Syria, and North Africa, assessing the an important function performed by way of the third-century exegete, Origen, and asks why monasticism constructed so variously in several regions.

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