"An Ecstasy of Folly"
Prophecy and Authority in Early Christianity
By (author) Laura (Assistant Professor of New Testament and Early Christianity Nasrallah
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Ecstasy of Folly by Laura (Assistant Professor of New Testament and Early Christianity Nasrallah
Book DescriptionEarly Christian prophecy has usually been interpreted according to a model which explains that at its origins, Christianity was characterized by vibrant spiritual gifts which declined as church order and institutions developed. Arguing that a model of struggle informed by feminist theory and postcolonial criticism provides a better framework for understanding early Christian texts, this work clarifies how early Christian arguments about rationality, madness and the role of spiritual gifts in history are attempts to negotiate authority and to define religious identity in the midst of many competing forms of Christianity. Laura Nasrallah uses New Testament and early third-century texts to trace the rhetoric of this debate - rhetoric that is still alive today as communities across the globe struggle to define religious identity.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780674012288
(218mm x 142mm x 19mm)
Imprint: Harvard University Press
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publish Date: 2-Mar-2004
Country of Publication: United States
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