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The Donatist Church in an Apocalyptic Age

The Donatist Church in an Apocalyptic Age

Oxford Early Christian Studies
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This book explores how the Donatist church, a schismatic movement that for a brief moment formed the majority church in Roman North Africa interpreted the apocalypse during the first two centuries of its existence (c. 300-500).
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The Donatist Church in an Apocalyptic Age examines an apocalypse that never happened, seen through the eyes of a dissident church that no longer exists. Jesse A. Hoover considers Donatists, members of an ecclesiastical communion that for a brief moment formed the majority church in Roman North Africa-modern Tunisia, Algeria, and Libya-before fading away sometime between the fifth and seventh centuries. Hoover studies how Donatists perceived the end of theworld to offer a glimpse into the inner life of the dissident communion: what it valued, whom it feared, and how it defined its place in history while on the cusp of history's end. By recovering these appeals to apocalyptic themes in surviving Donatist writings, this study uncovers a significant element
within the dissident movement's self-perception that has so far gone unexamined. In contrast to previous assessments, it argues that such eschatological expectations are not out of sync with the wider world of Latin Christianity in late antiquity, and that they functioned as an effective polemical strategy designed to counter their opponents' claim to be the true church in North Africa.

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Produktdetails

Autor: Jesse A. Hoover
ISBN-13: 9780198825517
ISBN: 019882551X
Einband: Buch
Seiten: 272
Sprache: Englisch
Autor: Jesse A. Hoover
ISBN-13:: 9780198825517
ISBN: 019882551X
Erscheinungsjahr: 31.07.2018
Verlag: OXFORD UNIV PR
Seiten: 272
Sprache: Englisch
Sonstiges: Buch