Classifying Christians: Ethnography, Heresiology, and the Limits of Knowledge in Late Antiquity by Todd S. BerzonClassifying Christians: Ethnography, Heresiology, and the Limits of Knowledge in Late Antiquity by Todd S. Berzon

Classifying Christians: Ethnography, Heresiology, and the Limits of Knowledge in Late Antiquity

byTodd S. Berzon

Hardcover | February 23, 2016

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Classifying Christiansinvestigates late antique Christian heresiologies as ethnographies that catalogued and detailed the origins, rituals, doctrines, and customs of the heretics in explicitly polemical and theological terms. Oscillating between ancient ethnographic evidence and contemporary ethnographic writing, Todd S. Berzon argues that late antique heresiology shares an underlying logic with classical ethnography in the ancient Mediterranean world. By providing an account of heresiological writing from the second to fifth century,Classifying Christiansembeds heresiology within the historical development of imperial forms of knowledge that have shaped western culture from antiquity to the present.
Todd S. Berzonis Assistant Professor of Religion at Bowdoin College.
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Title:Classifying Christians: Ethnography, Heresiology, and the Limits of Knowledge in Late AntiquityFormat:HardcoverDimensions:320 pages, 9 × 6 × 1.1 inPublished:February 23, 2016Publisher:University of California PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0520284267

ISBN - 13:9780520284265

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
List of Abbreviations

Introduction: Writing People, Writing Religion
1. Heresiology as Ethnography: The Ethnographic Disposition
2. Comparing Theologies and Comparing Peoples: The Customs, Doctrines, and Dispositions of the Heretics
3. Contesting Ethnography: Heretical Models of Human and Cosmic Plurality
4. Christianized Ethnography: Paradigms of Heresiological Knowledge
5. Knowledge Fair and Foul: The Rhetoric of Heresiological Inquiry
6. The Infinity of Continuity: Epiphanius of Salamis and the Limits of the Ethnographic Disposition
7. From Ethnography to List: Transcribing and Traversing Heresy

Epilogue: The Legacy of Heresiology
Bibliography
Index

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