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Almsgiving in the Later Roman Empire

Christian Promotion and Practice 313-450

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Almsgiving in the Later Roman Empire by Richard Finn
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Richard Finn OP examines the significance of almsgiving in Churches of the later empire for the identity and status of the bishops, ascetics, and lay people who undertook practices which differed in kind and context from the almsgiving practised by pagans. It reveals how the almsgiving crucial in constructing the bishop's standing was a co-operative task where honour was shared but which exposed the bishop to criticism and rivalry. Finn details how practices gained meaning from a discourse which recast traditional virtues of generosity and justice to render almsgiving a benefaction and source of honour, and how this pattern of thought and conduct interacted with classical patterns to generate controversy. He argues that co-operation and competition in Christian almsgiving, together with the continued existence of traditional euergetism, meant that, contrary to the views of recent scholars, Christian alms did not turn bishops into the supreme patrons of their cities.

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Richard Finn OP is Regent of Studies, Blackfriars, Oxford.
Release date NZ
March 1st, 2006
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Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Imprint
Oxford University Press
Pages
320
Dimensions
145x223x26
ISBN-13
9780199283606
Product ID
2029273

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