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Raised on Christian Milk: Food and the Formation of the Soul in Early Christianity
Penniman, John David

New Haven: Yale University Press, 2017 pp. xvii + 328. $85.00

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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

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Review by Meredith J. C. Warren
Published 8/8/2019
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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