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Perpetua's Passions

The range is again extensive. He suggests that the question needs to be reformulated, and directs our attention away from 'the problematical classical heresiological framework for our perspective of Montanism' Having considered the regional differences between Asia Minor and North Africa, he suggests that what we find in the Passio , particularly its introduction , is not so much the language of Phrygian Montanism as allusions to the spirit-orientated theology of Tertullian's house church Markschies' contribution is particularly interesting when read together with Katharina Waldner's excellent earlier article "Visions, Prophecy, and Authority in the Passio Perpetuae " , which sets aside the question of specific Montanist elements and tries to place the Passio within a broader early Christian landscape of experimental attitudes towards prophecy and visions.

As well as exploring literary features of the Passio , this contains an autobiographical account of the text's reception in a mid 20 th century Catholic boarding school. It is a fitting concluding paper for two reasons. In the first place it teases us with its echoes of the Passio itself, for example the combination of the literarily complex and the intimately personal.

But it also reminds us of the concrete power of the Perpetua story and its continuing impact on modern readers.

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There are a few problems with the volume. The very broad thematic division is necessitated by the papers' great diversity. Within those sections, though, reading is a slightly jarring experience. The papers could perhaps have been better ordered to encourage the reader to explore links between them.

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For example, Jan Willem van Henten's paper exploring the motif of motherly love in the Passio compared to 4 Maccabees complements Julia Weitbrecht's paper on maternity and sainthood in the mediaeval legend of Perpetua. Both argue that Perpetua's maternal characteristics are suppressed or neglected. The two papers are not placed next to each other, but separated by Mieke Bal's contribution, discussed above.

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Bal's paper, since it weaves together questions of gender and narrative authority, would seem a good conclusion to the section and a natural segway to "Part II: Authority and Testimony". Secondly, like many edited volumes, this suffers from inconsistency.

This is especially true in a volume where contributors have been asked to write on a particular text outside their field of specialism. The papers differ not only in approach and interpretation as is to be encouraged , but also in length, scope and ambition.

Judith Lieu, Ecclesiastical History. Stephanie Cobb, Bryn Mawr Classical Review a treasure trove of diverse, intelligent and exciting comment on one of the slipperiest but most rewarding texts of antiquity. Its greatest value is in the capacity for sudden gems of insight from all angles.

Perpetua's Passions: Multidisciplinary Approaches to the Passio Perpetuae et Felicitatis

The skill, range and open-mindedness of its contributors mean this is a volume guaranteed to be evocative for any interested reader James Corke-Webster, sehepunkte. Jan N. Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required. Would you like to tell us about a lower price? If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support?

Perpetua's Passions is a collection of studies about Perpetua, a young female Christian martyr who was executed in AD.