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Author Schellenberg, Ryan S., author

Title Abject joy : Paul, prison, and the art of making do / Ryan S. Schellenberg
Published New York, NY : Oxford University Press, [2021]
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Description 1 online resource (xv, 231 pages)
Contents Introduction: Paul, Prison, and the Social History of Emotions -- Far More Imprisonments: Punitive Custody in the Letters of Paul -- To Die Is Gain: Subjection, Glory, and Paul's Wish for Death -- Speaking with All Boldness: Prison in the Roman Social Imagination -- I Have Learned to Be Content: Performing the Autarkic Self -- Rejoice with Me: the Epistolary Cultivation of Collective Emotion -- Conclusion: The Body of Our Humiliation
Summary "No extant text gives so vivid a glimpse into the experience of an ancient prisoner as Paul's letter to the Philippians. As a letter from prison, however, it is not what one would expect. For although it is true that Paul, like some other ancient prisoners, speaks in Philippians of his yearning for death, what he expresses most conspicuously is contentment and even joy. Setting aside pious banalities that contrast true joy with happiness, and leaving behind too heroic depictions that take their cue from Acts, Abject Joy offers a reading of Paul's letter as both a means and an artifact of his provisional attempt to make do. By outlining the uses of punitive custody in the administration of Rome's eastern provinces and describing the prison's complex place in the social and moral imagination of the Roman world, this book provides a richly drawn account of Paul's subelite social context, where bodies and their affects were shaped by acute contingency and habitual susceptibility to violent subjugation. Informed by recent work in the history of emotions, and with comparison to modern prison writing and ethnography provoking new questions and insights, Abject Joy describes Paul's letter as an affective technology, wielded at once on Paul himself and on his addressees, that works to strengthen his grasp on the very joy he names"-- Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and indexes
Notes Description based on online resource; title from digital title page (Oxford Scholarship Online, viewed January 14, 2022)
Subject Paul, the Apostle, Saint -- Imprisonment
Paul, the Apostle, Saint.
Bible. Philippians -- Criticism, interpretation, etc
Bible. Philippians.
Imprisonment -- Religious aspects -- Christianity.
Contentment -- Religious aspects -- Christianity.
Joy -- Religious aspects -- Christianity.
Contentment -- Religious aspects -- Christianity.
Imprisonment -- Religious aspects -- Christianity.
Joy -- Religious aspects -- Christianity.
Genre/Form Electronic books
Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2021008621
ISBN 9780190065539