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Specters of Paul: Sexual Difference in Early Christian Thought (Divinations: Rereading Late Ancient Religion)

By Benjamin H. Dunning

The first Christians operated with a hierarchical version of sexual distinction universal to the traditional Mediterranean, with ladies thought of to be lesser types of fellows. but sexual distinction used to be no longer thoroughly strong as a conceptual type around the spectrum of formative Christian considering. quite, early Christians chanced on how you can workout theological creativity and to imagine in a different way from each other as they probed the enigma of sexually differentiated bodies.

In Specters of Paul, Benjamin H. Dunning explores this sort in moment- and third-century Christian inspiration with specific awareness to the methods the legacy of the apostle Paul fueled, formed, and in addition restricted methods to the problem. Paul articulates his imaginative and prescient of what it skill to be human basically by way of situating humans among poles: production (Adam) and resurrection (Christ). yet inside of this framework, the place does one position the determine of Eve—and the variation that her lady physique represents?

Dunning demonstrates that this problem impacted various Christian thinkers within the centuries instantly following the apostle, together with Clement of Alexandria, Irenaeus of Lyons, Tertullian of Carthage, and authors from the Nag Hammadi corpus. whereas each one of those thinkers makes an attempt to provide the variation of the female a coherent position inside a Pauline typological framework, Dunning indicates that all of them fail to bring absolutely at the coherence that they promise. in its place, sexual distinction haunts the Pauline discourse of id and sameness because the distinction that may be neither totally assimilated nor totally ejected—a end with vital implications not just for early Christian background but additionally for feminist and queer philosophy and theology.

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