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The ransom of the soul: afterlife and wealth in early western Christianity

Brown, Peter
The ransom of the soul: afterlife and wealth in early western Christianity

The ransom of the soul: afterlife and wealth in early western Christianity

The ransom of the soul: afterlife and wealth in early western Christianity

Brown, Peter
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How did Christians come to believe that money spent by the living could benefit the souls of the dead? With characteristic verve and elegance, with unsurpassed scholarship, and with the deep moral sympathy that his readers have always admired, Peter Brown tracks the elusive answer to this question through four centuries, from 250 to 650 CE, and thr...
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How did Christians come to believe that money spent by the living could benefit the souls of the dead? With characteristic verve and elegance, with unsurpassed scholarship, and with the deep moral sympathy that his readers have always admired, Peter Brown tracks the elusive answer to this question through four centuries, from 250 to 650 CE, and through all of Europe, from Spain to Babylon and from North Africa to Ireland and in doing so helps us understand our own deepest needs and anxieties.--Glenn W. Most, Scuola Normale Superiore"