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Through the Eye of a Needle - Wealth, the Fall of Rome, and the Making of Christianity in the West, 350-550 AD (Paperback, New In Paper) Loot Price: R532
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Through the Eye of a Needle - Wealth, the Fall of Rome, and the Making of Christianity in the West, 350-550 AD (Paperback, New...

Through the Eye of a Needle - Wealth, the Fall of Rome, and the Making of Christianity in the West, 350-550 AD (Paperback, New In Paper)

Peter Brown

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Jesus taught his followers that it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter heaven. Yet by the fall of Rome, the church was becoming rich beyond measure. "Through the Eye of a Needle" is a sweeping intellectual and social history of the vexing problem of wealth in Christianity in the waning days of the Roman Empire, written by the world's foremost scholar of late antiquity.

Peter Brown examines the rise of the church through the lens of money and the challenges it posed to an institution that espoused the virtue of poverty and called avarice the root of all evil. Drawing on the writings of major Christian thinkers such as Augustine, Ambrose, and Jerome, Brown examines the controversies and changing attitudes toward money caused by the influx of new wealth into church coffers, and describes the spectacular acts of divestment by rich donors and their growing influence in an empire beset with crisis. He shows how the use of wealth for the care of the poor competed with older forms of philanthropy deeply rooted in the Roman world, and sheds light on the ordinary people who gave away their money in hopes of treasure in heaven.

"Through the Eye of a Needle" challenges the widely held notion that Christianity's growing wealth sapped Rome of its ability to resist the barbarian invasions, and offers a fresh perspective on the social history of the church in late antiquity.

General

Imprint: Princeton University Press
Country of origin: United States
Release date: March 2014
First published: March 2014
Authors: Peter Brown
Dimensions: 235 x 156 x 45mm (L x W x T)
Format: Paperback - Trade
Pages: 759
Edition: New In Paper
ISBN-13: 978-0-691-16177-8
Categories: Books > Humanities > History
Books > Humanities > Religion & beliefs
Books > Humanities > History > History of specific subjects
Books > Humanities > Religion & beliefs > Christianity
Books > Humanities > History > History of specific subjects > Economic history
Books > Humanities > Religion & beliefs > Christianity > Early Church
Books > History > History of specific subjects
Books > History > History of specific subjects > Economic history
Books > Religion & Spirituality > Christianity
Books > Religion & Spirituality > Christianity > Early Church
Books > Christianity
Books > Christianity > Early Church
LSN: 0-691-16177-1
Barcode: 9780691161778

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