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REHASHING THE LEFTOVERS OF IDOLS: CYPRIAN AND EARLY CHRISTIAN CONSTRUCTIONS OF SACRIFICE

McGowan, Andrew B. (2014) REHASHING THE LEFTOVERS OF IDOLS: CYPRIAN AND EARLY CHRISTIAN CONSTRUCTIONS OF SACRIFICE. In: Religious Competition in the Third Century C.E.: Jews, Christians, and the Greco-Roman World. Journal of Ancient Judaism Supplements (15). Vandenhoeck and Ruprecht, Göttingen, pp. 68-79. ISBN 978-3-525-55068-7

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Abstract

The fact that Christians did not participate in sacrifice, at least as generally understood by their Greco-Roman contemporaries, was a key factor in the struggle between Christianity and Roman society before Constantine; a different resolution of this cultic tension was a necessary condition of the emergence of the Church as imperial religion in the fourth century. There is no single more important Christian theorist of sacrifice in the first few centuries than Cyprian of Carthage. His status as a wealthy member of the local Roman elite influenced this rapid rise, but also equipped him with a knowledge of civic and cultic practices that contributed to his own significant re-theorizing both of sacrifice and of aspects of Christian practice in terms of each other.

Item Type: Book Chapters
Repository Version: Author's Final Manuscript
Keywords: Cyprian, sacrifice, eucharist
Fields of Research: 21 History and Archaeology > 2103 Historical Studies > 210306 Classical Greek and Roman History
22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2204 Religion and Religious Studies > 220401 Christian Studies (incl. Biblical Studies and Church History)
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 95 Cultural Understanding > 9505 Understanding Past Societies > 950504 Understanding Europe's Past
Type of Activity: Applied Research
Subjects: C - Church History
College/Association with University of Divinity: UFT-TCTS: United Faculty of Theology - Trinity College Theological School
Depositing User: Dr Andrew McGowan
Date Deposited: 05 May 2015 02:08
Last Modified: 05 May 2015 02:08
URI: http://repository.divinity.edu.au/id/eprint/1760

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