Holy Bishops in Late Antiquity (Paperback)
The Nature of Christian Leadership in an Age of Transition (Transformation of the Classical Heritage #37)
University of California Press, 9780520280175, 520pp.
Publication Date: August 21, 2013
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Rapp rejects Max Weber’s categories of “charismatic” versus “institutional” authority that have traditionally been used to distinguish the nature of episcopal authority from that of the ascetic and holy man. Instead she proposes a model of spiritual authority, ascetic authority and pragmatic authority, in which a bishop’s visible asceticism is taken as evidence of his spiritual powers and at the same time provides the justification for his public role. In clear and graceful prose, Rapp provides a wholly fresh analysis of the changing dynamics of social mobility as played out in episcopal appointments.