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Holy Bishops in Late Antiquity: The Nature of Christian Leadership in an Age of Transition

Claudia Rapp


Between the years 300 and 600, Christianity experienced a momentous change from persecuted cult to state religion. One of the consequences of this shift was the evolution of the role of the bishop—as the highest Church official in his city—from model Christian to model citizen. This work traces this transition with a twofold aim: to deemphasize the reign of the emperor Constantine, which has traditionally been regarded as a watershed in the development of the Church as an institution, and to bring to the fore the continued importance of the religious underpinnings of the bishop's role as civic ... More

Keywords: Christianity, bishop, Constantine, Church, civic leader, Max Weber, episcopal authority, asceticism, spiritual powers, social mobility

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2005 Print ISBN-13: 9780520242968
Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520242968.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Claudia Rapp, author