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Celibacy and Religious Traditions$
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Carl Olson

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780195306316

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195306316.001.0001

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 Celibacy in the Early Christian Church

 Celibacy in the Early Christian Church

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(p.65) 4 Celibacy in the Early Christian Church
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Celibacy and Religious Traditions
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Glenn Holland

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195306316.003.0004

The emphasis on the virgin birth of Jesus, the apparent celibacy of Jesus due in part to his itinerant lifestyle, and the apparent sexual abstinence of many of his disciples served as models for Christian practice at a later period. The early Christian motivation for celibacy was connected to the eschatological expectations of the early community, and later celibacy became associated with a veneration of the ascetic lifestyle.

Keywords:   Jesus, virgin, abstinence, Christian, disciples

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