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Table of Contents Acknowledgements 5 Abbreviations 11 Introduction 15 Chapter One: The Olfactory Context: Smelling in the Early Christian World 29 i. A Martyr's Scent 29 ii. Sacrifice: the Aroma of Relation 44 iii. Daily Smells: Powers and Promises 57 iv. God's Perfume: Imagined Glory and the Scent of Life 82 Chapter Two-The Christian Body: Ritually Fashioned Experience 97 i. A New Place 97 ii. A Revelatory World 100 iii. Participatory Knowing: Ritual Scents and Devotional Uses 109 iv. Participatory Knowing: Scents and Sense 135 Excursus: Incense Offerings in the Syriac Transitus Mariae 145 Chapter Three-Olfaction and Christian Knowing 157 i. Sense Perception in the Ancient Mind 159 ii. Christian Senses in a Christian World 166 iii. Olfactory Analogies as Theological Tools 179 iv. Revelatory Scents: Olfaction and Identity 196 v. Remembering Knowledge: Liturgical Commentaries 209 Excursus: On the Sinful Woman in Syriac Tradition 230 Chapter Four-Redeeming Scents: Ascetic Models 241 i. The Smell of Danger: Marking Sensory Contexts 243 ii. The Fragrance of Virtue: Re-ordering Olfactory Experience 251 iii. The Spiritual Senses: Re-locating Perception 262 iv. Ascetic Practice and Embodied Liturgy 281 v. The Stylite's Model 291 vi. A Syriac Tradition Continued 308 Chapter Five-Sanctity and Stench 313 i. Ascetic Stench: Sensation and Dissonance 313 ii. Stench and Morality: Mortality and Sin 320 iii. Ascetic Senses 328 iv. Holy Stench, Holy Weapon 332 Chapter Six-Resurrection, Sensation, and Knowledge 346 i. Bodily Expectation 346 ii. Salvific Knowing 358 Notes 375 Bibliography
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Smell -- Religious aspects -- Christianity -- History.
Senses and sensation -- Religious aspects -- Christianity -- History.