Bishops in Flight

Exile and Displacement in Late Antiquity

by Jennifer Barry

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Book Description

Flight during times of persecution has a long and fraught history in early Christianity. In the third century, bishops who fled were considered cowards or, worse yet, heretics. On the face, flight meant denial of Christ and thus betrayal of faith and community. But by the fourth century, the terms of persecution changed as Christianity became the favored cult of the Roman Empire. Prominent Christians who fled and survived became founders and influencers of Christianity over time.

Bishops in Flight examines the various ways these episcopal leaders both appealed to and altered the discourse of Christian flight to defend their status as purveyors of Christian truth, even when their exiles appeared to condemn them. Their stories illuminate how profoundly Christian authors deployed theological discourse and the rhetoric of heresy to respond to the phenomenal political instability of the fourth and fifth centuries.

This open book is licensed under a Creative Commons License (CC BY-SA). You can download Bishops in Flight ebook for free in PDF format (12.9 MB).

Table of Contents

Chapter 1
Introduction
Chapter 2
Athanasius of Alexandria in Flight
Chapter 3
How to Return from Flight
Chapter 4
John Chrysostom in Flight
Chapter 5
To Rehabilitate and Return a Bishop in Flight
Chapter 6
To Condemn a Bishop in Flight
Chapter 7
Remembering Exile
Chapter 8
Epilogue

Book Details

Subject
History
Publisher
University of California Press
Published
2019
Pages
224
Edition
1
Language
English
ISBN13
9780520300378
ISBN10
0520300378
ISBN13 Digital
9780520971806
ISBN10 Digital
0520971809
PDF Size
12.9 MB
License
CC BY-SA

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