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Author Berzon, Todd S., 1983-
Title Classifying Christians : ethnography, heresiology, and the limits of knowledge in Late Antiquity / Todd S. Berzon.
Imprint Oakland, California : University of California Press, [2016]

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Author Berzon, Todd S., 1983-
Subject Christian heresies -- History -- Early church, ca. 30-600.
Church history -- Primitive and early church, ca. 30-600.
Description 1 online resource
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Introduction : writing people, writing religion -- Heresiology as ethnography : the ethnographic disposition -- Comparing theologies and comparing peoples : the customs, doctrines, and dispositions of the heretics -- Contesting ethnography : heretical models of human and cosmic plurality -- Christianized ethnography : paradigms of heresiological knowledge -- Knowledge fair and foul : the rhetoric of heresiological inquiry -- The infinity of continuity : Epiphanius of Salamis and the limits of the ethnographic disposition -- From ethnography to list : transcribing and traversing heresy -- Epilogue : the legacy of heresiology.
Summary "Classifying Christians investigates the ways in which late antique Christian heresiologists (150-450 C.E.) produced polemical ethnographies and presented their ethnographic dispositions in theological terms. The book demonstrates how the rituals, doctrines, customs, and origins of heretics functioned to map and delimit the composition of the Christian world and the world at large. Heresiology was about understanding human difference and organizing knowledge of it"--Provided by publisher.
Note Print version record.
ISBN 9780520959880 (electronic bk.)
0520959884 (electronic bk.)
9780520284265 (print)
OCLC # 935925294
Additional Format Print version: Berzon, Todd S., 1983- Classifying Christians 9780520284265 (DLC) 2015030384 (OCoLC)918616404

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