[ Read Audiobooks ] The Resurrection of the Body in Western Christianity, 200-1336: Authors and Saints in Renaissance Italy (American Lectures on the History of Religions)Author Caroline Walker Bynum – Biorganicenergy.co

Bynum Examines Several Periods Between The Rd And Th Centuries In Which Discussions Of The Body Were Central To Western Eschatology, And Suggests That Western Attitudes Toward The Body That Arose From These Discussions Still Undergird Our Modern Notions Of The Individual He Explores The Plethora Of Ideas About Resurrection In Patristic And Medieval Literature The Metaphors, Tropes, And Arguments In Which The Ideas Were Garbed, Their Context And Their Consequences, In Order To Understand Human Life After Death


4 thoughts on “The Resurrection of the Body in Western Christianity, 200-1336: Authors and Saints in Renaissance Italy (American Lectures on the History of Religions)

  1. BOB W. BOB W. says:

    The Apostle Paul s responses to doubts and erroneous teaching concerning the resurrection in his letters to believers at Corinth and his disciple Timothy illustrates that what constitutes a proper understanding of the resurrection of the dead has been debated since the earliest days of the Christian church Caroline Walker Bynum, a National Endowment for the Humanities Jefferson Lecturer, traces that debate in meticulous detail through the patristic era and High Middle Ages In doing so, she demonstrates that Christians clung to a very literal notion of resurrection despite repeated attempts by theologians and philosophers to spiritualize the idea Bynum s review of patristic and scholastic literature shows that a belief that body is necessary for self shaped the evolution of eschatological thought from at least the time of Tertullian to the age of Thomas Aquinas Her exhaustive exploration of the images, examples and analogies of theologians, artists, mystics, poets, hagiographers, sculptors and tellers of folktales demonstrates that there was substantial diversity in attempts to explain the mechanics of resurrection in light of the consumption, decay, mutilation, partition and putrefaction suffered by the body before and after death As the title indicates, Bynum s monograph focuses on the thought of the western branch of the church, not that of the orthodox east She also limited her scope to the patristic era and High Middle Ages, omitting the intervening centuries as if she had not imposed that limitation she would never have finished As a medieval specialist of impeccable credentials, Bynum is particularly well qualified to explore virtually every aspect of the social, religious, intellectual and political life of the latter period considered in this work Bynum s reconstruction of the evolution of the western view of resurrection is meticulous and thorough Shifting through the religious, intellectual and social she paints a richly detailed picture that is as persuasive as it is difficult to fault If I were to hazard a recommendation for improvement it would be to add an index of primary sources in addition to the index of secondary sources she does provides Hopefully an equally qualified scholar will pick up where Bynum leaves off and trace the continued development of resurrection in western thought through the twentieth century.


  2. Michael Kilgore Michael Kilgore says:

    Still on the to read list but looks promising.


  3. Romulus Augustulus Romulus Augustulus says:

    Despite wonderfully meticulous footnotes, Bynum often misses the forest for the trees NT Wright perceptively critiques Bynum s work in that she seems to have misunderstood what Paul meant by resurrection in 1 Corinthians 15 and 2 Corinthians 4 5, which skews her interpretation of the rest of the Christian tradition on this.


  4. Isaac S. Demme Isaac S. Demme says:

    I have just finished reading this book for a research paper I am preparing on the history of the doctrine of the resurrection, and I can already assure you that not only is this the most useful book I have read on the subject, but that no other writing I have yet found even comes close.There are a few things that I would have liked to see of development of the idea in the early middle ages and early renaissance for example , but these would probably have added considerably to the length of the book.I also disagree somewhat the interpretation of 1 Corinthians that Dr Bynum regularly contrasts with medieval and patristic views Pauline theology is outside the scope of this study, and I rather wish she would have refrained from conclusions on if if she was not going to treat it in detail.These however, are minor concerns If you want to study the history of this doctrine of bodily resurrection which was of enormous importance to early Christianity , you will need to read this book.