Through the Eye of A Needle

Through the Eye of A Needle

Wealth, the Fall of Rome, and the Making of Christianity in the West, 350-550 AD

Book - 2012
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Jesus taught his followers that it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter heaven. Yet by the fall of Rome, the church was becoming rich beyond measure. Through the Eye of a Needle is a sweeping intellectual and social history of the vexing problem of wealth in Christianity in the waning days of the Roman Empire, written by the world's foremost scholar of late antiquity.


Peter Brown examines the rise of the church through the lens of money and the challenges it posed to an institution that espoused the virtue of poverty and called avarice the root of all evil. Drawing on the writings of major Christian thinkers such as Augustine, Ambrose, and Jerome, Brown examines the controversies and changing attitudes toward money caused by the influx of new wealth into church coffers, and describes the spectacular acts of divestment by rich donors and their growing influence in an empire beset with crisis. He shows how the use of wealth for the care of the poor competed with older forms of philanthropy deeply rooted in the Roman world, and sheds light on the ordinary people who gave away their money in hopes of treasure in heaven.



Through the Eye of a Needle challenges the widely held notion that Christianity's growing wealth sapped Rome of its ability to resist the barbarian invasions, and offers a fresh perspective on the social history of the church in late antiquity.

Publisher: Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, c2012.
ISBN: 9780691152905
069115290X
Branch Call Number: 270.2 Brown 08/2012
Characteristics: xxx, 759 p., [16] p. of plates :,ill. (some col.), map ;,25 cm.

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dandapper Jul 09, 2013

It's disgraceful that the library does not have circulating copies of this book.

If the NYPL needs additional private charitable funding, it should launch a public campaign for it.

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