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C H A P T E R T W O Asceticism in Late Ancient Christianity I: Introduction It is significant that the Society of Biblical Literature Group on Ascetic Behavior in Greco-Roman Antiquity, despite prolonged meetings throughout the 1980s, never reached consen- sus on a definition of asceticism. After scholars in the Group rehearsed the dictionary definition of “ascetic” (“given to strict self-denial, esp. for the sake of spiritual or intellectual discipline”)1 and noted its derivation from the Greek word for the physical training that an athlete might undertake,2

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The Corporeal Imagination Divinations: Rereading Late Ancient Religion Series Editors: Daniel Boyarin, Virginia Burrus, Derek Krueger A complete list of books in the series is available from the publisher. The Corporeal Imagination Signifying the Holy in Late Ancient Christianity P A T R I C I A C O X M I L L E R University of Pennsylvania Press Philadelphia Copyright 2009 University of Pennsylvania Press All rights reserved. Except for brief quotations used for purposes of review or scholarly citation, none of this book may be reproduced in any form by any

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Thorns in the Flesh DIVINATIONS: REREADING LATE ANCIENT RELIGION Series Editors: Daniel Boyarin, Virginia Burrus, Derek Krueger A complete list of books in the series is available from the publisher. Thorns in the Flesh Illness and Sanctity in Late Ancient Christianity Andrew Crislip university of pennsylvania press philadelphia Copyright © 2013 University of Pennsylvania Press All rights reserved. Except for brief quotations used for purposes of review or scholarly citation, none of this book may be reproduced in any form by any means without written

References Boehme, Jacob. The Six Theosophic Points. Trans. John Rolleston Earle. 1620. Whitefish: Kessinger Legacy Reprints, 1992. Print. Clément, Catherine, and Julia Kristeva. The Feminine and the Sacred. Trans. Jane Marie Todd. New York: Columbia UP, 2001. Print. Cox Miller, Patricia. “Visceral Seeing: The Holy Body in Late Ancient Christianity.” The Journal of Early Christian Studies 12 (2004): 391-411. Print. Eliade, Mircea. The Sacred and the Profane: The Nature of Religion. Trans. Willard R. Trask. Orlando: Harcourt, 1959. Print. Freud, Sigmund. The

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Contents Acknowledgments xi Abbreviation List xv C H A P T E R O N E Introduction 3 C H A P T E R T W O Asceticism in Late Ancient Christianity 14 Reading for Asceticism C H A P T E R T H R E E Reading in the Early Christian World 45 C H A P T E R F O U R The Profits and Perils of Figurative Exegesis 70 C H A P T E R F I V E Exegetical and Rhetorical Strategies for Ascetic Reading 104 C H A P T E R S I X Three Models of Reading Renunciation 153 Rejection and Recuperation: The Old Dispensation and the New C H A P T E R S E V E N From Reproduction to