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Compelling God By Stephanie Clark

Compelling God by Stephanie Clark

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In Compelling God, Stephanie Clark examines the relationship between prayer, gift giving, the self, and community in Anglo-Saxon England.

Compelling God Summary

Compelling God: Theories of Prayer in Anglo-Saxon England by Stephanie Clark

While prayer is generally understood as communion with God modern forms of spirituality prefer communion that is non-petitionary and wordless. This preference has unduly influenced modern scholarship on historic methods of prayer particularly concerning Anglo-Saxon spirituality. In Compelling God, Stephanie Clark examines the relationship between prayer, gift giving, the self, and community in Anglo-Saxon England. Clark's analysis of the works of Bede, Aelfric, and Alfred utilizes anthropologic and economic theories of exchange in order to reveal the ritualized, gift-giving relationship with God that Anglo-Saxon prayer espoused. Anglo-Saxon prayer therefore should be considered not merely within the usual context of contemplation, rumination, and meditation but also within the context of gift exchange, offering, and sacrifice. Compelling God allows us to see how practices of prayer were at the centre of social connections through which Anglo-Saxons conceptualized a sense of their own personal and communal identity.

Compelling God Reviews

Stephanie Clark presents the first sustained study to focus directly on prayer in early England, and with stunning success. -- Brandon W. Hawk, Rhode Island College * Speculum *
Compelling God presents an original approach to investigating early English religious practices and devotional attitudes, a model worthy of imitation by scholar and student alike. Stephanie Clark makes a significant contribution to medieval studies and religious studies by treating what the early English authors taught about prayer, what it does, and how it works seriously on their own terms. -- Miranda Wilcox, Brigham Young University * Journal of English and Germanic Philology *

About Stephanie Clark

Stephanie Clark is an assistant professor in the Department of English at the University of Oregon.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements ntroduction Chapter 1: The Anglo-Saxon Inheritance Chapter 2: Gratiam pro gratia: Bede on Prayer Chapter 3: Does Prayer Work? The Prayers of King Alfred Chapter 4: Aelfric and the Community of Prayer Conclusion Bibliography

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NPB9781487501983
9781487501983
1487501986
Compelling God: Theories of Prayer in Anglo-Saxon England by Stephanie Clark
New
Hardback
University of Toronto Press
20180329
336
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