The Sentences of Sextus and the Origins of Christian Ascetiscism

The Sentences of Sextus and the Origins of Christian Ascetiscism

Author: Daniele Pevarello

Publisher: Mohr Siebeck

ISBN: 3161525795

Category: Religion

Page: 268

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Daniele Pevarello analyzes the Sentences of Sextus, a second century collection of Greek aphorisms compiled by Sextus, an otherwise unknown Christian author. The specific character of Sextus' collection lies in the fact that the Sentences are a Christian rewriting of Hellenistic sayings, some of which are still preserved in pagan gnomologies and in Porphyry. Pevarello investigates the problem of continuity and discontinuity between the ascetic tendencies of the Christian compiler and aphorisms promoting self-control in his pagan sources. In particular, he shows how some aspects of the Stoic, Cynic, Platonic and Pythagorean moral traditions, such as sexual restraint, voluntary poverty, the practice of silence and of a secluded life were creatively combined with Sextus' ascetic agenda against the background of the biblical tradition. Drawing on this adoption of Hellenistic moral traditions, Pevarello shows how great a part the moral tradition of Greek paideia played in the shaping and development of self-restraint among early Christian ascetics.
The Gospel According to Philip
Language: en
Pages: 296
Authors: Martha Turner
Categories: Religion
Type: BOOK - Published: 2020-10-26 - Publisher: BRILL

This book tackles a basic problem in the interpretation of the gnostic Gospel according to Philip: the origins of its materials and the nature of their coherence. A persuasive argument is made that a compiler with distinctive interests assembled diverse materials into the present work.
The Composition of the Sayings Source
Language: en
Pages: 462
Authors: Alan Kirk
Categories: Religion
Type: BOOK - Published: 2014-04-09 - Publisher: BRILL

this book analyzes Q in the light of compostitional conventions of ancient wisdom genres. Genre-critical models are employed to subject the Q materials to comprehensive analysis, criticallly assess redaction-histories, and show that Q conforms to conventions of ancient paraenesis.
Studies in Gnosticism and Alexandrian Christianity
Language: en
Pages: 312
Authors: Roelof van den Broek
Categories: Religion
Type: BOOK - Published: 2020-10-26 - Publisher: BRILL

Most of the fifteen studies of this volume deal with the mythological and theological ideas found in various Nag Hammadi writings, especially the views, gnostic and non-gnostic alike, on creation and salvation and on the nature of God.
Traditional Christian Ethics 4
Language: en
Pages: 579
Authors: David W. T. Brattston
Categories: Religion
Type: BOOK - Published: 2014 - Publisher: WestBow Press

What Not to Do Abominable embraces-1 Clement-28.1 Abortion-Athenagoras-Presbeia-35 Abortion-Barnabas-19.5 Abortion-Didache-2.2 Abortion-Doctrina-2.2 Abortion-Hippolytus-Philosophumena-9.7 Abortion-Letter to Diognetus-5.6 Abortion-Minucius Felix-Octavius-30 Abortion-Revelation of Peter-26 Abortion-Sibylline Oracles-2.281f Abortion-Tertullian-Apologeticum-9 Abortion-Tertullian-Exhortation to Chastity-12 Abortion by drugs-Clement of Alexandria-Paedagogus-2.10 (96) Abortionist-Doctrina-5.2 Abstinence, excessive, at the beginning stages-Origen-Homilies on Numbers-27.9.2
Religio-Philosophical Discourses in the Mediterranean World
Language: en
Pages: 428
Authors: Anders Klostergaard Petersen, George H. van Kooten
Categories: Religion
Type: BOOK - Published: 2017-03-13 - Publisher: BRILL

This first volume of the new Brill series “Ancient Philosophy & Religion” offers analyses of Platonic philosophy and piety, the emergence of a common religio-philosophical discourse in Antiquity, the place of Jesus among ancient philosophers, and responses of pagan philosophers to Christianity from the second century to Late Antiquity.