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    DescriptionThe Suffering Self is a ground-breaking, interdisciplinary study of the spread of Christianity across the Roman empire. Judith Perkins shows how Christian narrative representation in the early empire worked to create a new kind of human self-understanding - the perception of the self as sufferer. Drawing on feminist and social theory, she addresses the question of why forms of suffering like martyrdom and self-mutilation were so important to early Christians. This study crosses the boundaries between ancient history and the study of early Christianity, seeing Christian representation in the context of the Greco-Roman world. She draws parallels with suffering heroines in Greek novels and in martyr acts and examines representations in medical and philosophical texts. Judith Perkins' controversial study is important reading for all those interested in ancient society, or in the history 'f Christianity.

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    The Suffering Self
    Pain and Narrative Representation in Early Christianity
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Judith Perkins
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 264
    Width: 138 mm
    Height: 216 mm
    Thickness: 19 mm
    Weight: 385 g
    ISBN 13: 9780415127066
    ISBN 10: 0415127068

    B&T Book Type: NF
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    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T6.4
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    B&T General Subject: 690
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    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 01
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    Ingram Theme: CHRN/ANCIEN
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 25420
    Ingram Subject Code: RY
    Libri: I-RY
    BISAC V2.8: REL015000
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 35
    B&T Approval Code: A13553025
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 07
    BISAC V2.8: HIS002000
    B&T Approval Code: A13600000
    DC20: 209
    DC22: 272/.1, 272.1
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    LC classification: BR195.S93P
    BISAC V2.8: REL033000
    LC classification: BR195.S93 P47 1995
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    Edition statement
    New ed.
    Illustrations note
    black & white illustrations
    Taylor & Francis Ltd
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    Publication date
    28 August 1995
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    "The sweep of Perkins's assemblage of ancient texts, and especially her apparent willingness to read across apparent religious and genre boundaries, puts her in good company ... [B]y highlighting the roles of healing and charity ... Perkins not only helps us to see how Christianity may have grown in part by creating 'the subject of its concern' but also reinforces her contention that the representational revolution spearheaded by earlier Christian texts continued to give an unusually privileged and sympathetic place to the sick and the poor in the ancient world."-"Church History ..." demonstrate[s] a remarkable capacity to capture the sense of pain's expressive function ... Perkins' training as a classicist is employed with vigor and elegance."-Patrick Hayes, Yale Divinity School