Through the Eye of a Needle : : Wealth, the Fall of Rome, and the Making of Christianity in the West, 350-550 AD / / Peter Brown.

Jesus taught his followers that it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter heaven. Yet by the fall of Rome, the church was becoming rich beyond measure. Through the Eye of a Needle is a sweeping intellectual and social history of the vexing problem of wea...

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Place / Publishing House:Princeton, NJ : : Princeton University Press, , [2013]
©2012
Year of Publication:2013
Edition:Course Book
Language:English
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Physical Description:1 online resource (792 p.) :; 12 color illus. 8 halftones. 1 line illus. 4 maps.
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Other title:Frontmatter --
Contents --
Maps --
Illustration --
Preface --
Part I. Wealth, Christianity, and Giving at the End of an Ancient World --
Chapter 1. Aurea aetas: Wealth in an Age of Gold --
Chapter 2. Mediocritas --
Chapter 3. Amor civicus: Love of the city --
Chapter 4. "Treasure in Heaven" --
Part II. An Age of Affluence --
Chapter 5. Symmachus --
Chapter 6. Avidus civicae gratiae: Greedy for the good favor of the City --
Chapter 7. Ambrose and His People --
Chapter 8. "Avarice, the Root of All Evil" --
Chapter 9. Augustine --
Chapter 10. From Milan to Hippo --
Chapter 11. "The Life in Common of a Kind of Divine and Heavenly Republic" --
Chapter 12. Ista vero saecularia: Those things, indeed, of the world --
Chapter 13. Ex opulentissimo divite: From being rich as rich can be --
Chapter 14. Commercium spiritale: The spiritual exchange --
Chapter 15. Propter magnificentiam urbis Romae: By reason of the magnificence of the city of Rome --
Chapter 16. "To Sing The Lord's Song in a Strange Land" --
Chapter 17. Between Rome and Jerusalem --
Part III. An Age of Crisis --
Chapter 18. "The Eye of a Needle" and "The Treasure of the Soul" --
Chapter 19. Tolle divitem: Take away the rich --
Chapter 20. Augustine's Africa --
Chapter 21. "Dialogues with the Crowd" --
Chapter 22. Dimitte nobis debita nostra: Forgive us our sins --
Chapter 23. "Out of Africa" --
Chapter 24. "Still at That Time a More Affluent Empire" --
Part IV. Aftermaths --
Chapter 25. Among the Saints --
Chapter 26. Romana respublica vel iam mortua: With the empire now dead and gone --
Chapter 27. Ob Italiae securitatem: For the security of Italy --
Part V. Toward Another World --
Chapter 28. Patrimonia pauperum: Patrimonies of the poor --
Chapter 29. Servator fidei, patriaeque semper amator: Guardian of the faith, and always lover of [his] homeland --
Conclusion --
Abbreviation --
Notes --
Works Cited --
Index
Summary:Jesus taught his followers that it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter heaven. Yet by the fall of Rome, the church was becoming rich beyond measure. Through the Eye of a Needle is a sweeping intellectual and social history of the vexing problem of wealth in Christianity in the waning days of the Roman Empire, written by the world's foremost scholar of late antiquity. Peter Brown examines the rise of the church through the lens of money and the challenges it posed to an institution that espoused the virtue of poverty and called avarice the root of all evil. Drawing on the writings of major Christian thinkers such as Augustine, Ambrose, and Jerome, Brown examines the controversies and changing attitudes toward money caused by the influx of new wealth into church coffers, and describes the spectacular acts of divestment by rich donors and their growing influence in an empire beset with crisis. He shows how the use of wealth for the care of the poor competed with older forms of philanthropy deeply rooted in the Roman world, and sheds light on the ordinary people who gave away their money in hopes of treasure in heaven. Through the Eye of a Needle challenges the widely held notion that Christianity's growing wealth sapped Rome of its ability to resist the barbarian invasions, and offers a fresh perspective on the social history of the church in late antiquity.
Format:Mode of access: Internet via World Wide Web.
ISBN:9781400844531
9783110442502
DOI:10.1515/9781400844531?locatt=mode:legacy
Access:restricted access
Hierarchical level:Monograph
Statement of Responsibility: Peter Brown.