Book Review: "Reading Renunciation: Asceticism and Scripture in Early Christianity" by Elizabeth A. Clark

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Biblical Studies | History of Religions of Western Origin | Religion


This book is the serious, thoughtful, and mature work of a serious and mature scholar. It is, as always the case with Clark’s work, wonderfully written, thoroughly researched, tightly yet creatively conceptualized. It is a major contribution to research on and general thinking about early Christian asceticism and Scripture and a complex of related topics and issues. The book will surely be well received and will be much discussed and drawn upon by scholars in religious and theological studies in general (especially those interested in religion and culture, religion and theory), and by those who study early Christianity in particular (especially early Christian asceticism).

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