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    DescriptionBetween 300 and 600, Christianity experienced a momentous change from persecuted cult to state religion. One of the consequences of this shift was the evolution of the role of the bishop - as the highest Church official in his city - from model Christian to model citizen. Claudia Rapp's exceptionally learned, innovative, and groundbreaking work traces this transition with a twofold aim: to deemphasize the reign of the emperor Constantine, which has traditionally been regarded as a watershed in the development of the Church as an institution, and to bring to the fore the continued importance of the religious underpinnings of the bishop's role as civic leader. Rapp rejects Max Weber's categories of 'charismatic' versus 'institutional' authority that have traditionally been used to distinguish the nature of episcopal authority from that of the ascetic and holy man. Instead she proposes a model of spiritual authority, ascetic authority and pragmatic authority, in which a bishop's visible asceticism is taken as evidence of his spiritual powers and at the same time provides the justification for his public role. In clear and graceful prose, Rapp provides a wholly fresh analysis of the changing dynamics of social mobility as played out in episcopal appointments.


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    Title
    Holy Bishops in Late Antiquity
    Subtitle
    The Nature of Christian Leadership in an Age of Transition
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Claudia Rapp
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 520
    Width: 157 mm
    Height: 226 mm
    Thickness: 28 mm
    Weight: 635 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780520242968
    ISBN 10: 0520242963
    Classifications

    B&T Book Type: NF
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T6.1
    BIC E4L: REL
    BISAC Merchandising Theme: TP028
    Ingram Theme: RELI/CHRIST
    BIC subject category V2: HRCX1
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1QDA
    B&T General Subject: 431
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/ANCIEN
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 15540
    BISAC V2.8: REL072000
    Ingram Subject Code: RH
    BISAC V2.8: REL070000, POL010000
    LC subject heading:
    Libri: I-RH
    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
    BISAC V2.8: HIS002000
    LC subject heading:
    BISAC V2.8: REL071000
    BIC subject category V2: 1QDA
    DC22: 262/.1214
    LC classification: BR166 .R36 2005
    LC subject heading:
    DC22: 262.1214
    LC subject heading:
    LC classification: 2004013430
    Ingram Theme: ASPT/RELGAS
    Thema V1.0: QRM, QRVS1, JPA, NK, QRA
    Thema geographical qualifier V1.0: 1QBA
    Publisher
    University of California Press
    Imprint name
    University of California Press
    Publication date
    15 June 2005
    Publication City/Country
    Berkerley
    Author Information
    Claudia Rapp is Associate Professor of History at the University of California, Los Angeles. She is the coeditor of Elites in Late Antiquity (2000) and Bosphorus: Essays in Honour of Cyril Mango (1995).
    Review quote
    "This book is highly important. Rapp emphasizes continuities between the pre- and post-Constantine periods, a healthy correction to the myopic concentration that characterizes so much previous work on the subject. The range of materials she draws on to make her case is truly impressive, her argument both original and persuasive." - Hal Drake, author of Constantine and the Bishops"
    Back cover copy
    "This book is beautifully written. It is elegant in conception, lucid yet graceful in exposition, concise and accessible."--Susan Ashbrook Harvey, author of "Asceticism and Society in Crisis "This book is highly important. Rapp emphasizes continuities between the pre- and post-Constantine periods, a healthy correction to the myopic concentration that characterizes so much previous work on the subject. The range of materials she draws on to make her case is truly impressive, her argument both original and persuasive."--Hal Drake, author of "Constantine and the Bishops
    Table of contents
    Acknowledgments PART ONE 1. The Nature of Leadership in Late Antiquity 2. Pragmatic Authority 3. Spiritual Authority 4. Ascetic Authority PART TWO 5. Bishops in Action 6. Social Contexts 7. Cities 8. Empire 9. The Bishop as a New Urban Functionary Epilogue Bibliography Primary Sources Secondary Literature Index