Christians And Their Many Identities In Late Antiquity, North Africa, 200-450 Ce by Éric RebillardChristians And Their Many Identities In Late Antiquity, North Africa, 200-450 Ce by Éric Rebillard

Christians And Their Many Identities In Late Antiquity, North Africa, 200-450 Ce

byÉric Rebillard

Hardcover | December 11, 2012

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For too long, the study of religious life in Late Antiquity has relied on the premise that Jews, pagans, and Christians were largely discrete groups divided by clear markers of belief, ritual, and social practice. More recently, however, a growing body of scholarship is revealing the degree to which identities in the late Roman world were fluid, blurred by ethnic, social, and gender differences. Christianness, for example, was only one of a plurality of identities available to Christians in this period.

In Christians and Their Many Identities in Late Antiquity, North Africa, 200–450 CE, Éric Rebillard explores how Christians in North Africa between the age of Tertullian and the age of Augustine were selective in identifying as Christian, giving salience to their religious identity only intermittently. By shifting the focus from groups to individuals, Rebillard more broadly questions the existence of bounded, stable, and homogeneous groups based on Christianness. In emphasizing that the intermittency of Christianness is structurally consistent in the everyday life of Christians from the end of the second to the middle of the fifth century, this book opens a whole range of new questions for the understanding of a crucial period in the history of Christianity.

Éric Rebillard is Professor of Classics and History at Cornell University. He is the author of In hora mortis, The Care of the Dead in Late Antiquity, and Christians and Their Many Identities in Late Antiquity, North Africa, 200–450 CE.
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Title:Christians And Their Many Identities In Late Antiquity, North Africa, 200-450 CeFormat:HardcoverDimensions:144 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.39 inPublished:December 11, 2012Publisher:CORNELL UNIVERSITY PRESSLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0801451426

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Table of Contents

Introduction

1. Setting the Stage: Carthage at the End of the Second Century

2. Persecution and the Limits of Religious Allegiance

3. Being Christian in the Age of Augustine

Conclusion

Notes
Bibliography
Index

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"This book makes an important contribution to the growing field of religious identity studies and is likely to redirect the study of Roman imperial religious identities into new and more productive directions. By identifying and offering a methodology to avoid problems—such as artificial reification and acquiescence to clerical perspectives—that have bedeviled recent studies of Christian identity, the book should have a major impact on the field."—Judith Perkins, University of Saint Joseph, author of The Suffering Self and Roman Imperial Identities in the Early Christian Era