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Angels in Late Ancient Christianity$
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Ellen Muehlberger

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199931934

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199931934.001.0001

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(p.1) Introduction
Angels in Late Ancient Christianity

Ellen Muehlberger

Oxford University Press

This chapter has three parts. First, it explores why angels have been overlooked in previous scholarship about Christianity in late antiquity. Second, it explains the methodological underpinnings of the argument of the book: that new ideas about angels emerged in the context of two modes of piety that developed after the start of the fourth century—contestation and cultivation. Third, it provides an outline of the argument of the book, chapter by chapter.

Keywords:   Angels, Functionalism, Contestation, Cultivation

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