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Preaching BondageJohn Chrysostom and the Discourse of Slavery in Early Christianity$
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Chris L. de Wet

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780520286214

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520286214.001.0001

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Exploitation, Regulation, and Restructuring

Exploitation, Regulation, and Restructuring

Managing Slave Sexuality

(p.220) 6 Exploitation, Regulation, and Restructuring
Preaching Bondage

Chris L. de Wet

University of California Press

This chapter examines John Chrysostom's views on the sexual exploitation, regulation, and restructuring of slaves. In particular, it considers Chrysostom's argument that slaves were not bodies to be used and abused by their owners, especially sexually. It also explores Chrysostom's restructuring of the concept of slave sexuality in relation to the pastoralization of the household and in the context of his universal sexual ethics related to marriage, adultery, and sexual dishonor. Finally, it looks at the problem of prostitution and the discourse of eunuchism and castration in Chrysostom. It suggests that Chrysostom was less concerned about the forced castration of slaves than he was about the eunuch as a sign of decadence.

Keywords:   slaves, John Chrysostom, sexual exploitation, slave sexuality, pastoralization, sexual ethics, marriage, prostitution, eunuchism, castration

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