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Abandoned to Lust: Sexual Slander and Ancient Christianity
Early Christians used charges of adultery, incest, and lascivious behavior to demonize their opponents, police insiders, resist pagan rulers, and define what it meant to be a Christian. Christians frequently claimed that they, and they alone were sexually virtuous, comparing themselves to those marked as outsiders, especially non-believers and "heretics," who were said to ...more
Hardcover, 279 pages
Published November 9th 2005 by Columbia University Press
(first published October 17th 2005)
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Understand that my rating for this book can be categorized under that idea that where Im at in my life, along with my personal interests, is that I was not the intended reader. This type of book isn't an introduction into a topic, but one thats just apart of the conversation being had. I am not a religious person, and while going through the first few pages of this book, it was the thing I kept in mind as to whether or not there was be something for me in the book. I am happy to say that there w ...more
Questions what the New Testament is saying about sexuality are especially fraught as they involve very deeply held convictions as well as being personally challenging. while I don't don't agree with everything that Knust says (I think at times she overstates her case) her discussion about the use of the rhetotic invective by early christian writers must be considered in any discussion about sexuality and the New Testament.
Jennifer Wright Knust is Assistant Professor of New Testament and Christian Origins at Boston University. She came to BU from the College of the Holy Cross, where she taught Religious Studies for five years. At BU, she is appointed to the faculties of the School of Theology and the College of Arts and Sciences and is affiliated with the Religion Department, Judaic Studies, and the Women's Gender a ...moreMore about Jennifer Wright Knust