By Sissel Undheim
How and why did virginity come to play any such the most important half within the Christian Church within the formative and defining interval of past due Antiquity? Sissel Undheim analyzes the negotiations over what constituted virginity and assesses its socio-religious worth in fourth-century Rome by means of taking a look at these on the very margins of virginity and non-virginity. The Church Fathers’ efforts to demarcate an completely Christian virginity, not like the ‘false virgins’ in their pagan adversaries, monitors a pressure that, it really is argued, performed a bigger position within the development of a in particular Christian sacred virginity than prior experiences have acknowledged.
Late fourth-century Christian theologians’ chronic value determinations of sacred virgins lead the way for a wide selection of virgins that frequently challenged the stereotype of the single woman virgin. The resources abound with doubtless paradoxical virgins, reminiscent of widow virgins, married virgins, virgin moms, little one virgins, outdated virgins, heretical virgins, pagan virgins, male virgins, fake virgins and fallen virgins. via reading these kind of ‘borderline virgins’ as they seem in more than a few textual resources from diversified genres, Undheim demonstrates how actual, cultural and cognitive barriers of virginity have been contested, drawn and redrawn within the fourth and early 5th centuries within the Latin West.
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