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The Resource Treasure in heaven : the holy poor in early Christianity, Peter Brown

Treasure in heaven : the holy poor in early Christianity, Peter Brown

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Treasure in heaven : the holy poor in early Christianity
Title
Treasure in heaven
Title remainder
the holy poor in early Christianity
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Peter Brown
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eng
Summary
The "holy poor" have long maintained an elite status within Christianity. Differing from the "real" poor, these clergymen, teachers, and ascetics have historically been viewed by their fellow Christians as persons who should receive material support in exchange for offering immeasurable immaterial benefits--teaching, preaching, and prayer. Supporting them--quite as much as supporting the real poor--has been a way to accumulate eventual treasure in heaven. Yet from the rise of Christian monasticism in Egypt and Syria to present day, Christians have argued fiercely about whether monks should work to support themselves. In Treasure in Heaven, renowned historian Peter Brown shifts attention from Western to Eastern Christianity, introducing us to this smoldering debate that took place across the entire Middle East from the Euphrates to the Nile. Seen against the backdrop of Asia, Christianity might have opted for a Buddhist model by which holy monks lived by begging alone. Instead, the monks of Egypt upheld an alternative model that linked the monk to humanity and the monastery to society through acceptance of the common, human bond of work. This model of Third World Christianity--a Christianity that we all too easily associate with the West--eventually became the basis for the monasticism of western Europe, as well as for modern Western attitudes to charity and labor. In Treasure in Heaven, Brown shows how and why we are still living--at times uncomfortably--with that choice. (Publisher)
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1935-
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Brown, Peter
Index
index present
LC call number
BR195.P68
LC item number
B76 2016
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Series statement
  • Richard lectures for 2012
  • Page-Barbour and Richard lectures series
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  • Poverty
  • Church work with the poor
  • Church history
  • Middle East
  • Church history
  • Church work with the poor
  • Poverty
  • Middle East
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Treasure in heaven : the holy poor in early Christianity, Peter Brown
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Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 136-150) and index
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volume
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nc
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rdacarrier
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text
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txt
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rdacontent
Contents
1. "Treasure in heaven" and "The poor among the saints": Jesus and Paul: leadership and the escape from labor -- 2. "Do it through the bishop": tricksters, bishops, and teachers, AD 200- 300 -- 3."The treasuries that are in the heights": the elect, the catechumens, and the cosmos in Manichaeism -- 4."In the likeness of the angels": Syria and the debate on labor -- 5."The work of the hands ... an ornament to the men of Egypt": monks and work in fourth-century Egypt -- 6."You are a human being ... you must work ... in order to eat": the meanings of work in monastic Egypt
Control code
911199807
Dimensions
23 cm
Extent
xxv, 162 pages
Isbn
9780813938288
Lccn
2015017651
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unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other control number
40025824197
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(OCoLC)911199807
Label
Treasure in heaven : the holy poor in early Christianity, Peter Brown
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 136-150) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
1. "Treasure in heaven" and "The poor among the saints": Jesus and Paul: leadership and the escape from labor -- 2. "Do it through the bishop": tricksters, bishops, and teachers, AD 200- 300 -- 3."The treasuries that are in the heights": the elect, the catechumens, and the cosmos in Manichaeism -- 4."In the likeness of the angels": Syria and the debate on labor -- 5."The work of the hands ... an ornament to the men of Egypt": monks and work in fourth-century Egypt -- 6."You are a human being ... you must work ... in order to eat": the meanings of work in monastic Egypt
Control code
911199807
Dimensions
23 cm
Extent
xxv, 162 pages
Isbn
9780813938288
Lccn
2015017651
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other control number
40025824197
System control number
(OCoLC)911199807
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