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The Art of Listening in the Early Church

Carol Harrison


How did people think about listening in the ancient world, and what evidence do we have of it in practice? The Christian faith came to the illiterate majority in the early Church through their ears. This proved problematic: the senses and the body had long been held in suspicion as all too temporal, mutable, and distracting. This book argues that despite profound ambivalence on these matters, in practice, the senses, and in particular the sense of hearing, were ultimately regarded as necessary — indeed salvific — constraints for fallen human beings. By examining early catechesis, preaching, an ... More

Keywords: listening, preaching, catechesis, prayer, rhetoric, auditory culture, image, memory, senses, hearing

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199641437
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199641437.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Carol Harrison, author
Professor of the History and Theology of the Latin West, Durham University