Description: Scholar of religion John Penniman considers the symbolic importance of food in the early Roman world in an engaging and original new study that demonstrates how “eating well” was a pervasive idea that served diverse theories of growth, education, and religious identity. Penniman places early Christian discussion of food in its moral, medical, legal, and social contexts, revealing how nourishment, especially breast milk, was invested with the power to transfer characteristics, improve intellect, and strengthen kinship bonds.
Subjects: Early Christian Literature, Literature, Methods, Historical Approaches, History, History of Judaism, Greco-Roman Period
Review by Meredith J. C. Warren
Citation: Meredith J. C. Warren, review of John David Penniman, Raised on Christian Milk: Food and the Formation of the Soul in Early Christianity, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2019).
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