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    Online Resource
    Online Resource
    Cambridge : Cambridge University Press
    Format: 1 online resource (xi, 193 pages) , digital, PDF file(s).
    ISBN: 9781108935739 , 9781108832267 , 9781108940863
    Content: The social values of upper-class Christians in Late Antiquity often contrasted with the modest backgrounds of their religion's founders - the apostles - and the virtues they exemplified. Drawing on examples from the Cappadocian Fathers, John Chrysostom, and other late antique authors, this book examines attitudes toward the apostles' status as manual workers and their virtues of simplicity and humility. Due to the strong connection between these traits and low socioeconomic status, late antique bishops often allowed their own high standing to influence how they understood these matters. The virtues of simplicity and humility had been a natural fit for tentmakers and fishermen, but posed a significant challenge to Christians born into the elite and trained in prestigious schools. This volume examines the socioeconomic implications of Christianity in the Roman Empire by considering how the first wave of powerful, upper-class church leaders interpreted the socially radical elements of their religion.
    Note: Title from publisher's bibliographic system (viewed on 26 Mar 2021)
    Additional Edition: ISBN 9781108832267
    Additional Edition: Erscheint auch als Druck-Ausgabe ISBN 9781108832267
    Language: English
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