Resurrection of the Body in Western Christianity, 200 - 1336
Bynum (Caroline)
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  1. In their studies of Christian visions of the afterlife1 and of apocalypse, religious historians have concentrated almost exclusively on the fate of the soul.
  2. But in the medieval period the fate of the body in resurrection posed troubling questions:
    • If my body is resurrected, which of the many possible bodies will return - the child, the young adult, or the old woman?;
    • Or, if my body is dissolved in the grave, in what form will it come back?
  3. In The Resurrection of the Body Caroline Bynum forges a new path of historical inquiry by studying the notion of bodily resurrection in the ancient and medieval West against the background of persecution and conversion, social hierarchy, burial practices, and the cult of saints.
  4. Examining those periods between the late second and fourteenth centuries in which discussions of the body were central to Western conceptions of death and resurrection, she suggests that the attitudes toward the body emerging from these discussions still undergird our modern conceptions of personal identity and the individual.
  5. Bynum describes how Christian thinkers clung to a very literal notion of resurrection, despite repeated attempts by some theologians and philosophers to spiritualise the idea. Focussing on the metaphors and examples used in theological and philosophical discourse and on artistic depictions of saints, death, and resurrection, Bynum connects the Western obsession with bodily return to a deep-seated fear of biological process and a tendency to locate identity and individuality in the body.
  6. Of particular interest is the imaginative religious imagery, often bizarre to modern eyes, which emerged during medieval times. Bynum has collected 35 examples of such imagery, which illuminates her discussion of bodily resurrection.
  7. With this detailed study of theology, piety, and social history, Bynum writes a new chapter in the history of the body and challenges our views on gender, social hierarchy and difference.



"Bynum (Caroline) - Resurrection of the Body in Western Christianity: Preface + Introduction - Seed Images, Ancient and Modern"

Source: Bynum (Caroline) - Resurrection of the Body in Western Christianity, 200 - 1336, Preface/Introduction
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"Bynum (Caroline) - Resurrection and Martydom: The Decades Around 200"

Source: Bynum (Caroline) - Resurrection of the Body in Western Christianity, 200 - 1336, Chapter 1


Sections
  1. Early metaphors for Resurrection: Fertility and Repetition
  2. The Second Century: Organic Metaphors and Material Continuity
  3. Irenaeus and Tertullian: The Paradox of Continuity and Change
  4. Martyrdom
  5. Burial Practices



"Bynum (Caroline) - Resurrection, Relic Cult, and Acseticism: The Debates of 400 and Their Background"

Source: Bynum (Caroline) - Resurrection of the Body in Western Christianity, 200 - 1336, Chapter 2


Sections
  1. The Legacy of the Second Century
  2. Origen and Methodius: The Seed versus the Statue
  3. Aphrahat, Ephraim, and Cyril of Jerusalem: Immutable Particles in Process
  4. Gregory of Nyssa: Survival, Flux, and the Fear of Decay
  5. Jerome and the Origenist Controversy: The Issue of Bodily Integrity
  6. Augustine and the Reassembled Statue: The Background to the Middle Ages
  7. Relic Cult
  8. Asceticism, the Church and the World



"Bynum (Caroline) - Reassemblage and Regurgitation: Ideas of Bodily Resurrection in Early Scholasticism"

Source: Bynum (Caroline) - Resurrection of the Body in Western Christianity, 200 - 1336, Chapter 3


Sections
  1. Herrad of Hohenbourg: An Introduction to Twelfth-Century Art and Theology
  2. A Scholastic Consensus: The Reassemblage and Dowering of the Body
  3. Honorius Augustodunensis and John Scotus Erigena: An Alternative Tradition?



"Bynum (Caroline) - Psychosomatic Persons and Reclothed Skeletons: Images of Resurrection in Spiritual Writing and Iconography"

Source: Bynum (Caroline) - Resurrection of the Body in Western Christianity, 200 - 1336, Chapter 4


Sections
  1. Hildegard of Bingen: The Greening of Person and the Body as Dust
  2. Cistercian Writings: Images of First and Second Resurrection
  3. Peter the Venerable and the Pauline Seed
  4. Otto of Freising’s Uneasy Synthesis: Resurrection “Clothed in a Double Mantle ..”
  5. The Iconography of the General Resurrection: Devouring and Regurgitation of Fragments and Bones



"Bynum (Caroline) - Resurrection, Heresy, and Burial ad Sanctos"

Source: Bynum (Caroline) - Resurrection of the Body in Western Christianity, 200 - 1336, Chapter 5


Sections
  1. Fragmentation and Burial Practices
  2. Hierarchy, Heresy and Fear of Decay
  3. Miracles



"Bynum (Caroline) - Resurrection, Hylomorphism, and Abundantia: Scholastic Debates in the Thirteenth Century"

Source: Bynum (Caroline) - Resurrection of the Body in Western Christianity, 200 - 1336, Chapter 6


Sections
  1. The Discourse of High Scholasticism: The Rejection of Statues and Seeds
  2. Bonaventure and the Ambivalence of Desire
  3. Albert the Great, Thomas Aquinas, and Giles of Rome: Resurrection, Hylomorphism, and Formal Identity
  4. The Condemnations of 1277 and the Materialist Reaction



"Bynum (Caroline) - Somatomorphic Soul and Visio Dei: The Beatific Vision Controversy and Its Background"

Source: Bynum (Caroline) - Resurrection of the Body in Western Christianity, 200 - 1336, Chapter 7


Sections
  1. Purgatory
  2. The Controversy over the Beatific Vision
  3. Otherworld Journeys and the Divine Comedy
  4. The Hagiography and Iconography of Wholeness



"Bynum (Caroline) - Fragmentation and Ecstasy: The Thirteenth-Century Context"

Source: Bynum (Caroline) - Resurrection of the Body in Western Christianity, 200 - 1336, Chapter 8


Sections
  1. The Practice of Bodily Partition
  2. Devotional Literature: Body as Locus of Experience and as a Friend
  3. Women Mystics and the Triumph of Desire
  4. Epilogue



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