The Hungry are Dying: Beggars and Bishops in Roman Cappadocia

Hardcover | June 15, 2001

bySusan R. Holman

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This study examines the theme of poverty in the fourth-century sermons of Basil of Caesarea, Gregory Nazianzen, and Gregory Nysson. These sermons are especially important for what they tell us about the history of poverty relief and the role of fourth century Christian theology in constructingthe body of the redemptive, involuntary poor. Some of the topics explored include the contextualization of the poor in scholarship, the poor in late antiquity, and starvation and famine dynamics. In exploring this relationship between cultural context and theological language, this volume offers abroad and fresh overview of these little-studied texts.

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This study examines the theme of poverty in the fourth-century sermons of Basil of Caesarea, Gregory Nazianzen, and Gregory Nysson. These sermons are especially important for what they tell us about the history of poverty relief and the role of fourth century Christian theology in constructingthe body of the redemptive, involuntary poo...

Format:HardcoverDimensions:256 pages, 9.02 × 6.1 × 0.98 inPublished:June 15, 2001Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195139127

ISBN - 13:9780195139129

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"Contemporary theologians and contemporary churches need a history of social justice, one that not only illuminates overlooked resources, but also avoids naive anachronisms. Holman has illuminated one key chapter of that history. Her analysis will be of interest not only to patristic scholarsbut to all interested in the history of ethics."-William Harmless, Church History