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The Ransom of the Soul: Afterlife and Wealth in Early Christianity
Brown, Peter

Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2015 pp. xix + 262. $15.95

Description: Hardcover published in 2015. Paperback reprint published in 2018. Marking a departure in our understanding of Christian views of the afterlife from 250 to 650 CE, The Ransom of the Soul explores a revolutionary shift in thinking about the fate of the soul that occurred around the time of Romeís fall. Peter Brown describes how this shift transformed the Churchís institutional relationship to money and set the stage for its domination of medieval society in the West.

Subjects: Early Christian Literature, Literature, Methods, Social-Scientific Approaches, Ideological Critique

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Review by Maria E. Doerfler
Published 3/28/2019
Citation: Maria E. Doerfler, review of Peter Brown, The Ransom of the Soul: Afterlife and Wealth in Early Christianity, Review of Biblical Literature [] (2019).

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