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- DescriptionIn this insightful volume, Susan R. Holman blends personal memoir and deep research into ancient writings to illuminate the age-old issues of need, poverty, and social justice in the history of the Christian tradition. Tying these historical texts to modern responses to need, Holman begins with her own encounters with need and describes her discovery of the existence of never-before-translated early Christian texts on responses to poverty, hunger, and disease. Holman explores, for instance, the stories of fourth- and fifth-century bishops responding to social crises of famine, homelessness, and disease, showing how these early Christian writers can be allies for those of us who want to influence our contemporary dialogue about relief and social justice. Throughout this deeply personal and richly scholarly work, Holman looks in particular at three broad, recurring ideas--sensing need, sharing the world, and embodying sacred kingdom--that allow her to bridge the ancient and the modern, and help readers understand more fully these age-old issues.
- Author BiographySusan R. Holman is an academic research writer and editor at the Francois-Xavier Bagnoud Center for Health and Human Rights, Harvard School of Public Health. She is the author of The Hungry are Dying: Beggars and Bishops in Roman Cappadocia.
- Author(s)Susan R. Holman
- PublisherOxford University Press Inc
- Date of Publication04/06/2009
- SubjectReligion: Comparative, General & Reference
- Place of PublicationNew York
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintOxford University Press Inc
- Content Note3 black and white half tone illustrations
- Weight480 g
- Width164 mm
- Height241 mm
- Spine21 mm
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