B. Diane Lipsett

in Desiring Conversion

Published in print December 2010 | ISBN: 9780199754519
Published online January 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199827213 | DOI:

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The conclusion compares concisely how the different narrative textures and particularities of the tales of Hermas, Thecla, and Aseneth generate discrete representations of conversion. It also offers a compressed summary of some of the gender-laden elements in these conversion stories: virginity, celibacy, masculinity, self-mastery and desire. Each story offers a distinctive development of the thematic of desire, restraint, and conversion.

Keywords: Hermas; Thecla; Aseneth; desire; restraint; narrative texture; conversion

Chapter.  1509 words. 

Subjects: Early Christianity

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