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During this hugely unique learn, Veronika Grimm discusses early Christian texts facing meals, consuming and fasting. modern-day consuming issues usually equate nutrition with sin and spot fasting as an try and regain purity, an perspective that could even be saw in early Christian ideals within the mortification of the flesh. Describing first the old and social context of Judaism and the Graeco-Roman global, the writer then proceeds to examine Christian attitudes in the direction of nutrients. Descriptions of foodstuff present in the Pauline Epistles, the Acts of the Apostles, Tertullian or Augustine are in comparison to modern Jewish or Graeco-Roman pagan texts. therefore a selected Christian mode of fasting is elaborated which affects us to the current day; ascetic fasting for the suppression of the sexual urges of the physique. Winner of the 1995 Routledge historic background Prize

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