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The ransom of the soul : afterlife and wealth in early western Christianity, Peter Brown

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The ransom of the soul : afterlife and wealth in early western Christianity
Title
The ransom of the soul
Title remainder
afterlife and wealth in early western Christianity
Statement of responsibility
Peter Brown
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
Marking a departure in our understanding of Christian views of the afterlife from 250 to 650 CE, The Ransom of the Soul explores a revolutionary shift in thinking about the fate of the soul that occurred around the time of Rome's fall. Peter Brown describes how this shift transformed the Church's institutional relationship to money and set the stage for its domination of mediaeval society in the West. Early Christian doctrine held that the living and the dead, as equally sinful beings, needed each other in order to achieve redemption. The devotional intercessions of the living could tip the balance between heaven and hell for the deceased. In the third century, money began to play a decisive role in these practices, as wealthy Christians took ever more elaborate steps to protect their own souls and the souls of their loved ones in the afterlife. They secured privileged burial sites and made lavish donations to churches. By the seventh century, Europe was dotted with richly endowed monasteries and funerary chapels diaplying in marble splendour the Christian devotion of the wealthy dead
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DLC
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1935-
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Brown, Peter
Dewey number
270.2
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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  • Future life
  • Wealth
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The ransom of the soul : afterlife and wealth in early western Christianity, Peter Brown
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Content category
text
Contents
"Treasure in heaven" and memory of the dead in early Christianity -- "Out of the body, who are we?": visions, burial, and memory in the Africa of Saint Augustine -- "Forgive us our sins." almsgiving, expiation, and the other world: Augustine and Pelagius, 410-430 AD -- Penance and the other world in Gaul: from Salvian of Marseilles to Caesarius of Arles -- The other world in this world: Gregory of Tours -- Columbanus, monasticism, and the other world
Control code
000054210221
Dimensions
22 cm.
Extent
262 pages
Isbn
9780674967588
Isbn Type
(hardcover : alk. paper)
Lccn
2014037508
System control number
(OCoLC)893709527
Label
The ransom of the soul : afterlife and wealth in early western Christianity, Peter Brown
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Content category
text
Contents
"Treasure in heaven" and memory of the dead in early Christianity -- "Out of the body, who are we?": visions, burial, and memory in the Africa of Saint Augustine -- "Forgive us our sins." almsgiving, expiation, and the other world: Augustine and Pelagius, 410-430 AD -- Penance and the other world in Gaul: from Salvian of Marseilles to Caesarius of Arles -- The other world in this world: Gregory of Tours -- Columbanus, monasticism, and the other world
Control code
000054210221
Dimensions
22 cm.
Extent
262 pages
Isbn
9780674967588
Isbn Type
(hardcover : alk. paper)
Lccn
2014037508
System control number
(OCoLC)893709527

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