download Audible The Resurrection of the Body in Western Christianity, 200-1336: Authors and Saints in Renaissance Italy (American Lectures on the History of Religions)Author Caroline Walker Bynum –

Bynum Examines Several Periods Between The Rd And Th Centuries In Which Discussions Of The Body Were Central To Western Eschatology, And Suggests That Western Attitudes Toward The Body That Arose From These Discussions Still Undergird Our Modern Notions Of The Individual He Explores The Plethora Of Ideas About Resurrection In Patristic And Medieval Literature The Metaphors, Tropes, And Arguments In Which The Ideas Were Garbed, Their Context And Their Consequences, In Order To Understand Human Life After Death I have just finished reading this book for a research paper I am preparing on the history of the doctrine of the resurrection, and I can already assure you that not only is this the most useful book I have read on the subject, but that no other writing I have yet found even comes close.There are a few things that I would have liked to see of development of the idea in the early middle ages and early renaissance for example , but these would probably have added considerably to the length of the book.I also disagree somewhat the interpretation of 1 Corinthians that Dr Bynum regularly contrasts with medieval and patristic views Pauline theology is outside the scope of this study, and I rather wish she would have refrained from conclusions on if if she was not going to treat it in detail.These however, are minor concerns If you want to study the history of this doctrine of bodily resurrection which was of enormous importance to early Christianity , you will need to read this book. Still on the to read list but looks promising. Despite wonderfully meticulous footnotes, Bynum often misses the forest for the trees NT Wright perceptively critiques Bynum s work in that she seems to have misunderstood what Paul meant by resurrection in 1 Corinthians 15 and 2 Corinthians 4 5, which skews her interpretation of the rest of the Christian tradition on this.