The Fate of the dead in early third century North African Christianity

the Passion of Perpetua and Felicitas and Tertullian

Eliezer Gonzalez

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Abstract

Machine generated contents note: ch. 1 Introduction -- The Certainty and Uncertainty of Death -- ch. 2 Previous Scholarship on the Passion of Perpetua -- A.Who Was Perpetua? -- B.The Latin and Greek Texts of the Passion of Perpetua -- C.The Passion of Perpetua as a Popular Text -- D.Genre and Literary Features -- E.The Authorial Authenticity of the Text -- F.The Dating of the Text -- G.The Identity of the Editor -- H.Is the Passion of Perpetua `Orthodox' or `Montanist'? -- I.The Passion of Perpetua as Ideological Subversion: Social and Feminist Perspectives -- J.Observations on the Concept of Mysticism -- K.The Passion of Perpetua and the Afterlife -- ch. 3 The Afterlife of the Righteous in Early Christianity -- A.Introduction -- B.Early Christian Material Evidence -- C.The Afterlife Before Perpetua: Literary Evidence -- I.The New Testament -- 1.The Soul -- 2.Resurrection -- 3.Ascent -- 4.Canonical Apocalyptic Literature -- II.The Early Church Fathers -- Contents note continued: 1.The `Apostolic Fathers' -- 2.The Apologists of the Second Century -- III.Gnosticism -- D.The Afterlife After Perpetua: Literary Evidence -- I.Cyprian -- II.Origen -- III.Augustine -- IV.Anthony of the Desert -- E.Conclusion -- ch. 4 Perpetua's Ascent -- Contexts and Sources -- A.Introduction -- B.Canonical Biblical Sources -- C.The Ladder and the Dragon: Where Do They Come From? -- D.The Passion of Perpetua Within the Context of Jewish Apocalyptic Literature -- I.Background -- II.Jewish Apocalyptic Influences -- E.Broader Background Considerations: The Motif of Ascent in Philo and Clement -- I.Judaeo-Hellenistic Ascent in Philo -- II.Clement of Alexandria -- F.The Ascent Motif in the Broader Graeco-Roman World -- G.Perpetua's Education -- ch. 5 The Afterlife in the Passion of Perpetua and in the Works of Tertullian -- A.Introduction: Perpetua and Tertullian -- B.Eschatology and the Afterlife in the Passion of Perpetua -- Contents note continued: I.The Afterlife in the Passion of Perpetua and the Judaeo-Christian Apocalyptic Tradition -- C.Eschatology and the Afterlife in the Writings of Tertullian -- I.Did Tertullian Change His Views? -- D.Conclusions -- ch. 6 Refrigerium and the Roman Cult of the Dead in the Passion of Perpetua -- A.Introduction -- B.The Archaeological Context: What the Literary Evidence May Not Tell Us -- C.Refrigerium: The State of Play -- D.Refrigerium in the Passion of Perpetua -- I.Cheese/Milk -- II.Roses -- III.The Nourishment of the Dead -- IV.The Ideology of Refrigerium in the Passion of Perpetua -- V.The Social Functions of Refrigerium -- E.Conclusion -- ch. 7 The Passion of Perpetua, Tertullian, and Ideological Conflict in Carthage -- A.Textual Perspectives -- B.Ideological Polemic About the Afterlife of the Righteous -- C.Ideological Polemic About the Cult of the Dead -- D.Conclusion -- Contents note continued: ch. 8 The Interim State in the Passion of Perpetua and in the Works of Tertullian -- A.Introduction -- B.The Interim State in the `Apostolic Fathers -- C.Early Christian Apocalyptic Texts Dealing with the Afterlife -- I.The Apocalypse of Peter -- II.The Ascension of Isaiah -- III.The Shepherd of Hermas -- D.The Interim State in the Works of Tertullian -- E.The `Interim State' in the Passion of Perpetua? -- F.Conclusion -- ch. 9 The Body, the Soul, and Continuity in Early Third-Century Carthaginian Christianity -- A.Introduction -- B.The Importance of the Body in Early Christianity -- C.The Body and Material Continuity in the Writings of Tertullian -- D.Platonic Versus Aristotelian Dualism -- E.The Body and Material Continuity in the Passion of Perpetua -- F.Conclusion -- ch. 10 Conclusion -- Death in Transition -- A.Review -- B.Synthesis and Further Reflections.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationTübingen
PublisherMohr Siebeck
Number of pages253
ISBN (Print)9783161529443
Publication statusPublished - 2014

Publication series

NameStudien und Texte zu Antike und Christentum
PublisherMohr Siebeck
Volume83
ISSN (Print)1436-3003

Keywords

  • Tertullian, approximately 160-approximately 230--Criticism and interpretation
  • Passio SS. Perpetuae et Felicitatis
  • Future life--Christianity

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    Gonzalez, E. (2014). The Fate of the dead in early third century North African Christianity: the Passion of Perpetua and Felicitas and Tertullian. (Studien und Texte zu Antike und Christentum; Vol. 83). Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck.