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The Garb of BeingEmbodiment and the Pursuit of Holiness in Late Ancient Christianity$
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Georgia Frank, Susan Holman, and Andrew Jacobs

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780823287024

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: May 2020

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823287024.001.0001

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Sacred Bonds

Sacred Bonds

Religion, Relationships, and the Art of Pedagogy

(p.276) Sacred Bonds
The Garb of Being

Constance M. Furey

Fordham University Press

This chapter explores the link between familial and religious devotion by comparing a sibling relationship enacted in poems by and about Mary Sidney Herbert, co-author of Renaissance England’s influential Sidney-Pembroke Psalter, to hagiographic sources reporting on the love between mothers and daughters in early Syriac Christian texts. While in the Syriac context, the accounts of mothers and daughters reveal Christians responding to the urbanization of asceticism by joining familial and ascetic bonds, the renewed biblicism in sixteenth-century England inspired poetry preoccupied with the relational dynamics of authorship, translation, and prayer. The chapter further explores the ways that these varied accounts of spiritual relationships might shed light on the relationality of pedagogy and the transformative potential of relationships between teachers and students.

Keywords:   Mary Sidney Herbert, mothers, Protestant aesthetic, Psalms, religious relationships, Renaissance poetry, siblings, Sidney-Pembroke Psalter, Philip Sidney

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