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Educating Early Christians through the Rhetoric of Hell: 'Weeping and Gnashing of Teeth' as 'Paideia' in Matthew and the Early Church
Religious Studies Faculty Publications
  • Meghan Henning, University of Dayton
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Meghan Henning explores the rhetorical function of the early Christian concept of hell, drawing connections to Greek and Roman systems of education, and examining texts from the Hebrew Bible, Greek and Latin literature, the New Testament, early Christian apocalypses and patristic authors. This work is a revised version of the author's Ph.D. dissertation, which was successfully defended at Emory University in 2013. It is included in the series Wissenschaftliche Untersuchungen zum Neuen Testament II. She writes, "Now that this work is finished, I am delighted to have the opportunity to thank those who have generously traveled with me on this journey through the hallows of early Christian hell. During the course of my work on the dissertation I was fortunate to receive funding for my research not only from the graduate school but also from the Jacob K. Javits Fellowship Program, and the Society of Biblical Literature. I am also extremely grateful to Jörg Frey, Tobias Nicklas, and the editorial team at Mohr Siebeck for their help, especially Dr. Henning Ziebritzki and his staff. I am indebted to Christian Bemmerl, Craig Dressler, Franziska Ede, and Megan Getman, who have tirelessly assisted in the preparation of the manuscript."
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Mohr Siebeck
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Tübingen, Germany
Peer Reviewed
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Meghan Henning. "Educating Early Christians through the Rhetoric of Hell: 'Weeping and Gnashing of Teeth' as 'Paideia' in Matthew and the Early Church" (2014)
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