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Reading Bodies: Physiognomy as a Strategy of Persuasion in Early Christian Discourse (The Library of New Testament Studies)

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Callie Callon investigates how some early Christian authors utilized physiognomic thought as rhetorical strategy, particularly with respect to persuasion. Callon shows how this encompassed denigrating theological opponents and forging group boundaries (invective against heretics or defence of Christians), self-representation to demonstrate the moral superiority of early Christians to Greco-Roman outsiders, and the cultivation of collective self-identity.

The work begins with an overview of how physiognomy was used in broader antiquity as a component of persuasion. Callon then examines how physiognomic thought was employed by early Christians and how physiognomic tropes were employed to “prove” their orthodoxy and moral superiority. Building on the conclusions of the earlier chapters, Callon then focuses on the representation of the physiognomies of early Christian martyrs, before addressing the problem of the acceptance or even promotion of the idea of a physically lacklustre Jesus by the same authors who otherwise utilize traditional physiognomic thought.

  • Establishes physiognomic consciousness as an important component of early Christian rhetoric
  • Investigates how some early Christian authors utilized physiognomic thought as rhetorical strategy
  • Addresses the tension between conception of divinely favored figures as physically attractive and the espousal of Jesus as the opposite by some early Christian authors
  • Overview of Ancient Physiognomy and the State of the Question
  • The Physiognomy of a Heretic: Physiognomic Polemic as a Component of Persuasion in Demarcating “Insiders” and ”Outsiders”
  • The Physiognomy of the (Ideal) Early Christian
  • The Physiognomy of a Martyr
  • “He Had Neither Form Nor Beauty”: The Physiognomic Curiosity of The Negative Descriptions of the Physical Appearance of Jesus

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Callie Callon is a Tutor in New Testament and Early Christian Studies at Toronto School of Theology, Canada.

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