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Holy Bishops in Late Antiquity: The Nature of Christian Leadership in an Age of Transition Hardcover – June 9, 2005
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"This book is highly important. Rapp emphasizes continuities between the pre- and post-Constantine periods, a healthy correction to the myopic concentration that characterizes so much previous work on the subject. The range of materials she draws on to make her case is truly impressive, her argument both original and persuasive."Hal Drake, author of Constantine and the Bishops
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Rapp suggests a different role, a three-part sense of authority that comes from spiritual, ascetic and pragmatic bases. The spiritual authority indicates a source of authority that is based in God, not in the worldly institutions or the man himself. Ascetic authority comes from the personal character and habits of the bishop - character is at issue, and what the bishop does is of primary concern. Finally, pragmatic authority derives in what the bishop does for and on behalf of others - it is also an action-based authority, but one that looks outside, not within.
Rapp organises the book into two major sections. The first compares bishops and holy men (desert fathers and others); the second compares bishops and other secular and/or civic leaders.Read more ›