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Renouncing the World yet Leading the Church

The Monk-Bishop in Late Antiquity

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$83.00 • £72.95 • €75.95

ISBN 9780674011892

Publication Date: 02/27/2004


368 pages

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches


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  • Introduction
  • I. Basil of Caesarea and the Emergence of an Ideal
    • 1. Monks and Bishops in the Christian East from 325 to 375
    • 2. Asceticism and Leadership in the Thought of Basil of Caesarea
    • 3. Reframing and Reforming the Episcopate: Basil’s Direct Influence
  • II. The Development of an Ideal
    • 4. Gregory of Nyssa: On Basil, Moses, and Episcopal Office
    • 5. Gregory of Nazianzus: Ascetic Life and Episcopal Office in Tension
    • 6. John Chrysostom: The Model Monk-Bishop in Spite of Himself
  • III. The Triumph of an Ideal
    • 7. From Nuisances to Episcopal Ideals: Civil and Ecclesiastical Legislation
    • 8. Normalizing the Model: The Fifth-Century Church Histories
    • 9. The Broadening Appeal: Monastic and Hagiographical Literature
  • Epilogue: The Legacy of the Monk-Bishop in the Byzantine World
  • Abbreviations
  • Notes
  • Frequently Cited Works
  • Index

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