Love between women : early Christian responses to female homoeroticism /

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Main Author: Brooten, Bernadette J.
Format: Book
Published:Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 1996.
Series:The Chicago series on sexuality, history, and society
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Table of Contents:
  • List of Illustrations
  • Acknowledgments
  • Abbreviations and Technical Terms, Short Titles, and Keys to Symbols
  • 1. Introduction
  • Terminology
  • Context within Current Scholarship on Same-Sex Love in Antiquity
  • This Study within the Context of Ancient Mediterranean Women's History
  • This Study within the Context of Lesbian History
  • Part 1. Female Homoeroticism in the Roman World: The Cultural Context of Early Christianity
  • 2. Introduction: Of Sappho, Woman-Woman Marriage, and the Ways of the Egyptians
  • Sappho of Lesbos
  • Classical and Hellenistic Greek Literature
  • Classical Latin Literature
  • Greek Authors of the Roman Period
  • Artistic Representations
  • Postbiblical Judaism
  • 3. "Inflame Her Liver with Love": Greek Erotic Spells from Egypt
  • The Female Homoerotic Binding Spells: Texts and Commentary
  • Interpreting Cultural Ideology
  • Reconstructing Women's History
  • The Erotic Spells, Magic, and Religion
  • The Spells and Early Christianity
  • 4. Predetermined Erotic Orientations: Astrological Texts
  • Dorotheos of Sidon
  • Manetho
  • Ptolemy
  • Vettius Valens
  • Hermes Trismegistos
  • Firmicus Maternus
  • Hephaistion of Thebes
  • 5. Women with Masculine Desires: Medical Treatments
  • Tribades as Mentally Ill
  • Clitoridectomy for Women with Masculine Desires
  • The Medical Heritage of Female Homoeroticism
  • 6. Unnatural Love: Classifying Dreams
  • Part 2. Early Christian Responses to Female Homoeroticism
  • 7. Introduction: Of British Schoolteachers and Romans
  • 8. Paul's Letter to the Romans: Interpretive Frameworks and Female Homoeroticism
  • Literary Approaches to Romans
  • Interpretive Frameworks for Romans 1:18-32
  • 9. Romans 1:18-32: A Commentary
  • Commentary on Romans 1:16-32
  • Excursus: The Debate on Natural Theology
  • Excursus: An Anthropological Understanding of Impurity
  • Conclusion
  • 10. Intertextual Echoes in Romans 1:18-32
  • Natural Law
  • Nature
  • Nature as the Order of Creation
  • Natures as the Gendered Nature of Human Beings
  • Romans 1:26f and Jewish Law
  • Wisdom of Solomon 12:23-15:19 and Romans 1:18-32
  • How Other Ancient Sources on Sexual Love Between Women Can Help Us Understand Paul's Condemnation
  • Conclusion
  • 11. Tortures in Hell: Early Church Fathers on Female Homoeroticism
  • Apocalyptic Visions of God's Punishment for Sexual Relations Between Women
  • Women Casting Themselves off a Cliff in Hell: The Apocalypse of Peter
  • Women Burning in Hell: The Acts of Thomas
  • Women Running in a River of Fire: The Apocalypse of Paul
  • Patristic Writers of the Second and Third Centuries
  • Women Who Defy Nature and the Social Order: Tertullian of Carthage
  • Women Who Marry Other Women: Clement of Alexandria
  • Excursus: Ancient Marginal Notes on Clement
  • Heretics Who Promote Equality: Hippolytos on the Naassenes
  • Church Awareness of Sexual Love Between Women in the Fourth and Fifth Centuries
  • "Nature knows her own boundaries": John Chrysostom on Romans 1:26f
  • Homoeroticism in a Monastic Setting: Shenute of Atripe
  • Let Nuns Go Out in Groups of Three: Augustine of Hippo
  • 12. Conclusion
  • Select Annotated Bibliography on Romans 1:26f and the New Testament and Homosexuality Generally
  • Indexes

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