John Behr, St Vladimir's Orthodox Theological Seminary, New York. Oxford Early Christianity Studies Series, New York: Oxford University Press, 2000, hardbound, 280 pages.
This book examines the late second century writings of Irenaeus and Clement. Writing before monasticism became the dominant paradigm of Christian asceticism, Irenaeus and Clement afford fascinating glimpses of alternative approaches to asceticism in late antiquity.
It also examines the ways in which Irenaeus and Clement understood what it means to be human. By exploring these writings from within their own theological perspectives, Dr. Behr also offers a theological critique of the prevailing approach to the asceticism of Late Antiquity.
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