Almsgiving in the Later Roman Empire: Christian Promotion and Practice 313-450 (Hardback)
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Short Description for Almsgiving in the Later Roman Empire Talks about the importance of gifts to the poor for Christians in the later Roman empire. This title is about what was given, how it was given, who was helped, and how preachers sought to shape these practices.
- Published: 01 May 2006
- Format: Hardback 320 pages
- ISBN 13: 9780199283606 ISBN 10: 0199283605
- Sales rank: 1,368,420
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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.