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De bono coniugali and De sancta virginitate

St Augustine

P. G. Walsh (ed.)

Published in print:
2001
Published Online:
April 2004
ISBN:
9780198269953
eISBN:
9780191601132
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0198269951.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Early Christian Studies

The Good of Marriage and On Holy Virginity are separate treatises but closely interconnected as comparing these modes of Christian commitment. They were composed in the same year, a.d. ... More


Desiring Conversion: Hermas, Thecla, Aseneth

B. Diane Lipsett

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
January 2011
ISBN:
9780199754519
eISBN:
9780199827213
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199754519.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Early Christian Studies

Self-restraint or self-mastery may appear to be the opposite of erotic desire. But in three ancient tales of conversion—The Shepherd of Hermas, the Acts of Paul and Thecla, and Joseph and Aseneth—the ... More


Medieval Single Women: The Politics of Social Classification in Late Medieval England

Cordelia Beattie

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
September 2008
ISBN:
9780199283415
eISBN:
9780191712616
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199283415.001.0001
Subject:
History, British and Irish Medieval History

This book is a focused study of the use of the category ‘single woman’ in late medieval England. In a culture in which marriage was the desirable norm and virginity was particularly prized in ... More


Marriage, Celibacy, and Heresy in Ancient Christianity: The Jovinianist Controversy

David G. Hunter

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
May 2007
ISBN:
9780199279784
eISBN:
9780191707391
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199279784.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Early Christian Studies

In the later years of the fourth century the monk Jovinian was condemned at Rome and Milan for teaching that all baptized Christians were equal in God's sight and that all would receive an equal ... More


What is Virginity?

Morwenna Ludlow

in Gregory of Nyssa, Ancient and (Post)modern

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
January 2008
ISBN:
9780199280766
eISBN:
9780191712906
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199280766.003.0013
Subject:
Religion, Early Christian Studies

This chapter shows how different readings of Gregory's On Virginity have been generated by different assumptions about what he means by virginity. Most agree that he is not disgusted by sexual ... More


Reading Gregory on Sex, Gender, and Embodiment

Morwenna Ludlow

in Gregory of Nyssa, Ancient and (Post)modern

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
January 2008
ISBN:
9780199280766
eISBN:
9780191712906
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199280766.003.0015
Subject:
Religion, Early Christian Studies

This chapter presents some reflections on feminist readings of Gregory. There is a move away from what one might call relatively straightforward or surface readings of Gregory — ones which, for ... More


Mary

Adele Reinhartz

in Jesus of Hollywood

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
May 2007
ISBN:
9780195146967
eISBN:
9780199785469
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195146967.003.0004
Subject:
Religion, History of Christianity

This chapter looks at the portrayal of Mary, Jesus' mother, in the Gospels and in the Jesus biopics. The films ask two major questions: What was Mary's role in Jesus' infancy and childhood? And, what ... More


An Illuminating Comparison: Augustine and Ambrose on the Theology of Death

David Albert Jones

in Approaching the End: A Theological Exploration of Death and Dying

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
September 2007
ISBN:
9780199287154
eISBN:
9780191713231
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199287154.003.0005
Subject:
Religion, Theology

The argument of Augustine in De civitate Dei is strikingly similar to that of Ambrose in De bono mortis. However, while Ambrose treats death as something good in itself, Augustine sees it as bad in ... More


Sarita Colonia

Frank Graziano

in Cultures of Devotion: Folk Saints of Spanish America

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
January 2007
ISBN:
9780195171303
eISBN:
9780199785193
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195171303.003.0003
Subject:
Religion, History of Christianity

This chapter explores the devotion to Sarita Colonia, the most prominent folk saint in Peru. It examines Sarita’s biography in relation to myth formation; compares Sarita’s story of virginity and ... More


Reconstructing Jovinian

David G. Hunter

in Marriage, Celibacy, and Heresy in Ancient Christianity: The Jovinianist Controversy

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
May 2007
ISBN:
9780199279784
eISBN:
9780191707391
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199279784.003.0002
Subject:
Religion, Early Christian Studies

The main outlines of the teaching of Jovinian can be reconstructed from the reports of Siricius, Ambrose, and Jerome. Condemned at Rome and Milan in spring of 393, Jovinian acquired a considerable ... More


Mary Ever‐Virgin? Jovinian and Marian Heresy

David G. Hunter

in Marriage, Celibacy, and Heresy in Ancient Christianity: The Jovinianist Controversy

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
May 2007
ISBN:
9780199279784
eISBN:
9780191707391
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199279784.003.0006
Subject:
Religion, Early Christian Studies

A survey of the history of the idea of Mary's virginitas in partu shows that the notion had only marginal support in the tradition of the first three centuries. Associated with both docetism and ... More


 Sexual Experience

Mark D. Regnerus

in Forbidden Fruit: Sex and Religion in the Lives of American Teenagers

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
May 2007
ISBN:
9780195320947
eISBN:
9780199785452
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195320947.003.0006
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

This chapter focuses on actual sexual behavior: teenagers' experience of “first sex”, their patterns of heterosexual behavior after losing their virginity, and some adolescents' regrets about sexual ... More


Mary in Childbirth

Jennifer A. Glancy

in Corporal Knowledge: Early Christian Bodies

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
May 2010
ISBN:
9780195328158
eISBN:
9780199777143
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195328158.003.0004
Subject:
Religion, Church History, Early Christian Studies

Chapter 4 examines the earliest representations of Mary in childbirth in writings dating from the second and early third centuries, including Odes of Solomon, Ascension of Isaiah, Protevangelium of ... More


 “Let Anyone Accept This Who Can”: Medieval Christian Virginity, Chastity, and Celibacy in the Latin West

Karen Cheatham

in Celibacy and Religious Traditions

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
January 2008
ISBN:
9780195306316
eISBN:
9780199867721
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195306316.003.0005
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

A distinction is made between virginity, which was mostly associated with women, and chastity, which represented a choice of lifestyle after sexual activity. These kinds of choices were associated ... More


Flesh and Blood? Women in Palestinian Societies

Hagith Sivan

in Palestine in Late Antiquity

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
May 2008
ISBN:
9780199284177
eISBN:
9780191712555
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199284177.003.0008
Subject:
Classical Studies, Asian and Middle Eastern History: BCE to 500CE

This chapter focuses on perceptions about women in Palestine in late antiquity. It argues that Christian theologians and their Jewish rabbinic counterparts — in a desire to create an exemplary woman ... More


The Partnerships and Practices of Emerging Adults

Mark Regnerus and Jeremy Uecker

in Premarital Sex in America: How Young Americans Meet, Mate, and Think about Marrying

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
January 2011
ISBN:
9780199743285
eISBN:
9780199894741
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199743285.003.0002
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

This chapter describes what is known about the sexual behavior of American young adults, beginning with the prevalence of virginity and discussion of primary reasons offered for ... More


Thecla Desiring and Desired

B. Diane Lipsett

in Desiring Conversion: Hermas, Thecla, Aseneth

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
January 2011
ISBN:
9780199754519
eISBN:
9780199827213
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199754519.003.0003
Subject:
Religion, Early Christian Studies

The chapter offers a close analysis of The Acts of Paul and Thecla, tracing how desire, restraint, and narrative transformation intersect with depictions of virginity, maternity, and masculinity. ... More


Aseneth and the Sublime Turn

B. Diane Lipsett

in Desiring Conversion: Hermas, Thecla, Aseneth

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
January 2011
ISBN:
9780199754519
eISBN:
9780199827213
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199754519.003.0004
Subject:
Religion, Early Christian Studies

This chapter analyzes Joseph and Aseneth, attending to the densely descriptive, figurative, and allusive language in the tale of Aseneth’s conversion to becoming both Joseph’s wife and a model ... More


Virginity, sexuality, and temptation

Juliana Dresvina

in A Maid with a Dragon: The Cult of St Margaret of Antioch in Medieval England

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
January 2017
ISBN:
9780197265963
eISBN:
9780191772061
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
British Academy
DOI:
10.5871/bacad/9780197265963.003.0009
Subject:
History, European Early Modern History

Chapter 9 attempts to redirect the focus of attention from virginity as a sexually appealing category and from the saint’s corporeality as an inevitable reason for the saint’s sexual temptation. It ... More


Psychosexual Faith

Frank Graziano

in Wounds of Love: The Mystical Marriage of Saint Rose of Lima

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
January 2005
ISBN:
9780195136401
eISBN:
9780199835164
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0195136403.003.0009
Subject:
Religion, History of Christianity

The Song of Songs, the sin in Eden, and Mary Magdalen are discussed as prelude to a fundamental paradox of mysticism: the love of God by female mystics vowed to virginity is represented as corporal ... More


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