First published in 1999. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.
"…Asceticism in the New Testament enriches our understanding both of the biblical text and of the meaning of ascetic practice. The discussions put us into the Jewish and Greco-Roman world and draw out the implications of Christianity's fundamental objectives as generally countercultural with a strong call to virtue. This is an important contribution to the fields of scripture, theology, and spirituality. The style is erudite but not esoteric, and is agreeable to professional and layperson alike. I recommend this book with great enthusiasm." -- Joseph F. Wimmer, New Theology Review
"A remarkable and essential collection." -- Fred Burnett, Religious Studies Review
"… the volume contains several essays that open the reader to new exegetical possiblities. It also paves the way for a reassessment of the role of asceticism throughout the entire Christian tradition." -- Kenneth D. Snyder, University of St. Thomas
"…it offers a fresh and truthful way of reading the New Testament." -- Christianity Today