Item description for Flesh Made Word: Saints' Stories and the Western Imagination by Aviad M. Kleinberg & Jane Marie Todd...
Overview A study of the moving accounts of the lives of Christian saints from the fourth through the fourteenth century argues that the saints' stories of medieval Europe shaped and reshaped Christianity by expanding the religious imagination of the West.
In the fourth century a new narrative genre captured the imagination of the faithful--the moving accounts of the lives of Christian saints. Willing to die gruesome deaths or endure constant suffering, saints conveyed a powerful message: God was still present in the world. He continues to manifest His powers and communicate His messages through His special friends--the saints. What kind of Christianity do we find in these stories? In this original and provocative work, Aviad Kleinberg argues that the saints' stories of medieval Europe were more than edifying entertainment; they retain an alternative theology, often quite different from the formal theology of the Church. By telling and retelling the story of virtue and salvation, by expanding the religious imagination of the West, they were shaping and reshaping Christianity itself.
In this study of stories from the fourth through the fourteenth centuries, we meet the tender Perpetua bidding farewell to her infant son, Simeon Stylites turning himself into a rotting corpse, Francis of Assisi finding joy in suffering, and Fra Ginepro playing the fool, for Christ. We meet holy anchorites, headstrong virgins, fearless dragon slayers, and scheming politicians. Kleinberg unveils the inner contradictions, the subversive ideas, and the deadly power games that lay behind the making of the Western imagination. People, ideas, and passions--often relegated to the back pews--take center stage in this daring book. This is a story of how stories change lives.
Awards and Recognitions Flesh Made Word: Saints' Stories and the Western Imagination by Aviad M. Kleinberg & Jane Marie Todd has received the following awards and recognitions -
ForeWord Book of the Year Award - 2008 Honorable Mention - Religion category
Independent Publisher Book Awards - 2009 Bronze Medal Winner - Religion category
Citations And Professional Reviews Flesh Made Word: Saints' Stories and the Western Imagination by Aviad M. Kleinberg & Jane Marie Todd has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
Books & Culture - 07/01/2009 page 12
London Review of Books - 01/29/2009 page 31
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Studio: Belknap Press of Harvard University Press
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.54" Width: 6.5" Height: 1.12" Weight: 1.4 lbs.
Release Date Apr 1, 2008
Publisher Belknap Press
ISBN 0674026470 ISBN13 9780674026476