Bishops in Flight: Exile and Displacement in Late Antiquity (Paperback)

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Flight during times of persecution has a long and fraught history in early Christianity. In the third century, bishops who fled were considered cowards or, worse yet, heretics. On the face, flight meant denial of Christ and thus betrayal of faith and community. But by the fourth century, the terms of persecution changed as Christianity became the favored cult of the Roman Empire. Prominent Christians who fled and survived became founders and influencers of Christianity over time. 
Bishops in Flight examines the various ways these episcopal leaders both appealed to and altered the discourse of Christian flight to defend their status as purveyors of Christian truth, even when their exiles appeared to condemn them. Their stories illuminate how profoundly Christian authors deployed theological discourse and the rhetoric of heresy to respond to the phenomenal political instability of the fourth and fifth centuries.

About the Author

Jennifer Barry is Assistant Professor of Religion at University of Mary Washington.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780520300378
ISBN-10: 0520300378
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication Date: April 23rd, 2019
Pages: 224
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