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- DescriptionPreaching Bondage introduces and investigates the vel concept of doulology, the discourse of slavery, in the homilies of John Chrysostom, the late fourth-century priest and bishop. Chris L de Wet examines the dynamics of enslavement in Chrysostom's theology, virtue ethics, and biblical interpretation and shows that human bondage as a metaphorical and theological construct had a profound effect on the lives of institutional slaves. The highly corporeal and gendered discourse associated with slavery was necessarily central in Chrysostom's discussions of the household, property, education, discipline, and sexuality. De Wet explores the impact of doulology in these contexts and disseminates the results in a new and highly anticipated language, bringing to light the more pervasive fissures between ancient Roman slave holding and early Christianity. The corpus of Chrysostom's public addresses provides much of the literary evidence for slavery in the fourth century, and De Wet's convincing analysis is a groundbreaking contribution to studies of the social world in late antiquity.
- Author BiographyChris L. de Wet is Associate Professor of New Testament and Early Christian Studies at the University of South Africa.
- Author(s)Chris L. De Wet
- PublisherUniversity of California Press
- Date of Publication25/08/2015
- SubjectChristian History & Denominations
- Place of PublicationBerkerley
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintUniversity of California Press
- Weight612 g
- Width152 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine25 mm
- Format DetailsCloth over boards
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