Asceticism and Anthropology in Irenaeus and Clement has 5 ratings and 3 reviews. Steve said: Drawing out a parallel between Irenaeus and Clement of Alexa. Asceticism and Anthropology in Irenaeus and Clement. New York: Oxford University Press, xi+ pp. $ (cloth). The present study brings together.

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Asceticism and Anthropology in Irenaeus and Clement

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Contact Ad Us Help. Trivia About Asceticism and An Check out the top books of the year on our page Best Books of Correctly noting that any discussion of asceticism must be based on the foundational question of human identity, John Behr presents a fascinating examination of the theological anthropology of Irenaeus of Lyons c.

Tyson Guthrie marked irrenaeus as to-read Aug 26, Part I Irenaeus of Lyons: Asceticism and Anthropology in Irenaeusand Clement is a well-defined study of two early Christian writers who, despite being near-contemporaries confronting various “Gnostic” groups as common opponents, came to very different asceticiwm about human identity and Christian living.


Account Options Sign in. Clement of Alexandria presents a hierarchical anthropology in which the intellect understood in the fuller sense of the rational or inner person is identified as the image of God over the physical anthrooplogy.

The Best Books of He is also the co-editor of The Role of Life in Death: By exploring these writings from within their own theological perspectives, John Behr also offers a theological critique of the prevailing approach to the asceticism of Late Antiquity. Human existence as a physical being includes sexuality as a permanent asceticcism of the framework within which males and females grow towards God.

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Irenaeus upholds the continuity of humanity’s present life and eternal life in the resurrection. View freely available titles: Irenaeus maintains the unity of Scripture through the christocentric exegesis upon which he bases his theology.

Review quote Behr’s work is fascinating, particularly as his readings of Irenaean texts concerning the complex abd of the relationship of soul, breath of life and the Holy Spirit differ significantly from standard interpretations. For Irenaeus, asceticism is the expression of man living the life of God in all dimensions of the body, that which is most characteristically human and in the image of God.

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Here, human sexuality is strictly limited by the finality of procreation and abandoned in the resurrection. We use cookies to give you the best possible clemejt. Significantly, Irenaeus and Clement present a large body of extant texts from a period in Christianity prior to the rise of monasticism. Journal of Early Christian Studies.


Writing before monasticism became the dominant paradigm of Christian asceticism, Irenaeus and Clement afford fascinating glimpses of alternative approaches. Later, the Logos as teacher instructs those who have already been trained and disciplined.

Asceticism for Irenaeus lies not in rigorous [End Page ] practices but in becoming fully engaged with daily life, learning to hold more fully to God in whose very life humanity participates.

BookDB marked it as to-read Oct 13, By paying careful attention to these two writers, Behr offers challenging material for the continuing asceficism of understanding ourselves as human beings. Refresh and try again. Yuri Rocha marked it as to-read May 25, Jeremy added it Jan 02, Ascetics and Ambassadors of Christ John Binns.