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Magic in the Roman World: Pagans, Jews and Christians

Magic in the Roman World: Pagans, Jews and Christians

1st Edition

Naomi Janowitz
June 21, 2001

Using in-depth examples of 'magical' practice such as exorcisms, love rites, alchemy and the transformation of humans into divine beings, this lively volume demonstrates that the word 'magic' was used widely in late antique texts as part of polemics against enemies and sometimes merely as a term...

Holiness: Rabbinic Judaism in the Graeco-Roman World

Holiness: Rabbinic Judaism in the Graeco-Roman World

1st Edition

Hannah K. Harrington
June 07, 2001

In this in-depth exploration of holiness in the context of rabbinic Judaism, Hannah K. Harrington places the rabbinic concept of holiness alongside other notions of the sacred in the Graeco-Roman world. Holistic and yet detailed, this volume provides a much-needed comparative view of this subject...

Teachers and Texts in the Ancient World: Philosophers, Jews and Christians

Teachers and Texts in the Ancient World: Philosophers, Jews and Christians

1st Edition

H. Greg Snyder
June 08, 2000

Teachers and Texts in the Ancient World presents a comprehensive and accessible survey of religious and philosophical teaching and classroom practices in the ancient world. H. Gregory Snyder synthesizes a wide range of ancient evidence and modern scholarship to address such questions as how the...

Death, Burial and Rebirth in the Religions of Antiquity

Death, Burial and Rebirth in the Religions of Antiquity

1st Edition

Jon Davies
June 24, 1999

In Death, Burial and Rebirth in the Religions of Antiquity, Jon Davies charts the significance of death to the emerging religious cults in the pre-Christian and early Christian world. He analyses the varied burial rituals and examines the different notions of the afterlife. Among the areas covered...

Sacred Languages and Sacred Texts

Sacred Languages and Sacred Texts

1st Edition

John Sawyer
May 13, 1999

Sacred Languages and Sacred Texts is the first comprehensive study of the role of languages and texts in the religions of the Greco-Roman world, including Judaism and Christianity.It explores bilingualism, language learning, literacy, book production and translation, as well as some of the more...

The Crucible of Christian Morality

The Crucible of Christian Morality

1st Edition

J. Ian H. McDonald
June 11, 1998

The Crucible of Christian Morality explores the notion of Christian ethics and discusses its roots in the teachings of Jesus and also Hellenistic philosophy. Its significance in developing moral standards throughout the world and its stability in the modern world.The Crucible of Christian Morality...

Women and Religion in the First Christian Centuries

Women and Religion in the First Christian Centuries

1st Edition

Deborah F. Sawyer
September 19, 1996

Women and Religion in the First Christian Centuries focuses on religion during the period of Roman imperial rule and its significance in women's lives. It discusses the rich variety of religious expression, from pagan cults and classical mythology to ancient Judaism and early Christianity, and...

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