Thorn in the Flesh, Gift of the Gods: Suffering and the Construction of Identity
Two Greco-Roman writers show how suffering is managed through the attribution of religious meaning.
||Aelius Aristides, Apostle Paul, Mystery religions, Healing, Self, Asclepius, Initiation, Initiatory Illness, Transformation, Rite of passage, Suffering, Patron, Client, Votive offering, Apologist, Devotion, Luke, Book of Acts, Conversion
International Journal of the Humanities, Volume 3, Issue 1, pp.209-220.
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A teacher and scholar involved in the study of Christian origins in the context of the Greco-Roman World, healing and health issues in the ancient world, anthropology and religion (especially rites of passage, initiation, prophecy and shamanism), and the comparative study of world religions. Has essays in three forthcoming collections.
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