Belly and Body in the Pauline Epistles

by Karl Olav Sandnes;


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Belly and Body in the Pauline Epistles

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The belly is today a matter of much concern. Modern cultures, particularly in the West, have developed means to cultivate this part of the body: corsets, exercises, revealing fashions. In this compelling exploration of the 'belly' motif, Karl Olav Sandnes asks whether St Paul might be addressing a culture in which the stomach is similarly high on the agenda. The result is a surprising new insight into his writings. Paul twice mentions the enigmatic phrase 'belly-worship' (Phil 3; Rom 16). The proper context for these texts is the moral philosophy debate about mastering the desires, and the reputation of Epicurus' philosophy as promoting indulgence. The belly became a catchword for a life controlled by pleasures. Belly-worship was not only pejorative rhetoric, but developed from Paul's conviction that the body was destined to a future with Christ.

Belly and Body in the Pauline Epistles by Karl Olav Sandnes was published by Cambridge University Press (Virtual Publishing) in September 2009. The ISBN for Belly and Body in the Pauline Epistles is 9780511488160.

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Page last updated 2nd October 2016
Author / Artist
Book FormatOnline resource
PublisherCambridge University Press (Virtual Publishing) (September 2009)
ISBN9780511488160
ISBN-100511488165
Product Code4491551
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