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  • Evil and Deathby Beate Ego; Ulrike Mittmann

    De Gruyter 2015; US$ 168.00

    Jewish anthropological beliefs during the Hellenistic-Roman period are an important but previously neglected area of biblical exegesis and Jewish studies. In an effort to address this deficiency, this volume brings together 20 essays related to the subject of sin and death, with special emphasis on integrating material from neighboring cultures. Thus,... more...

  • Creating a Common Polityby Emily Mackil

    University of California Press 2013; US$ 95.00

    In the ancient Greece of Pericles and Plato, the polis, or city-state, reigned supreme, but by the time of Alexander, nearly half of the mainland Greek city-states had surrendered part of their autonomy to join the larger political entities called koina. In the first book in fifty years to tackle the rise of these so-called Greek federal states,... more...

  • Doctrine and Powerby Carlos R. Galvao-Sobrinho

    University of California Press 2013; US$ 75.00

    During the fourth century A.D., theological controversy divided Christian communities throughout the Eastern half of the Roman Empire. Not only was the truth about God at stake, but also the authority of church leaders, whose legitimacy depended on their claims to represent that truth. In this book, Galvao-Sobrinho argues that out of these disputes... more...

  • Purity, Body, and Self in Early Rabbinic Literatureby DR. S Mira Balberg

    University of California Press 2014; US$ 90.00

    This book explores the ways in which the early rabbis reshaped biblical laws of ritual purity and impurity and argues that the rabbis? new purity discourse generated a unique notion of a bodily self. Focusing on the Mishnah, a Palestinian legal codex compiled around the turn of the third century CE, Mira Balberg shows how the rabbis constructed the... more...

  • Controlling Contested Placesby Christine Shepardson

    University of California Press 2014; US$ 95.00

    From constructing new buildings to describing rival-controlled areas as morally and physically dangerous, leaders in late antiquity fundamentally shaped their physical environment and thus the events that unfolded within it. Controlling Contested Places maps the city of Antioch (Antakya, Turkey) through the topographically sensitive vocabulary of... more...

  • Migrating Talesby Richard Kalmin

    University of California Press 2014; US$ 65.00

    Migrating Tales situates the Babylonian Talmud, or Bavli, in its cultural context by reading several rich rabbinic stories against the background of Greek, Syriac, Arabic, Persian, and Mesopotamian literature of late antiquity and the early Middle Ages, much of it Christian in origin. In this nuanced work, Richard Kalmin argues that non-Jewish literature... more...

  • A Handbook of Symbols in Christian Artby Gertrude Grace Sill

    Touchstone 2011; Not Available

    Explore one of the richest and most rewarding aspects of Western art with this comprehensive easy-to-use, portable guide to Christian symbols. Organized like a primer, with hundreds of entries in 50 categories?from A for Angels to Z for Zodiac?this handy pocket reference enables you to recognize at a glance the identity and meaning of all the elements... more...

  • Original Sinby David C. A. Hillman

    Ronin Publishing 2012; US$ 14.95

    ORIGINAL SIN is an investigation of sacred Christian mysteries of antiquity to show the historic link between the use of drugs and ritualized sex embedded in Western religion. ORIGINAL SIN is an investigation of the first acts of pedophilia within the Christian church. It is a book about the promotion and defense of child rape as a sacred Christian... more...

  • Greek and Roman Animal Sacrificeby Christopher A. Faraone; F. S. Naiden

    Cambridge University Press 2012; US$ 84.00

    First general critique of the interpretations of animal sacrifice established by Walter Burkert, the late J.-P. Vernant, and Marcel Detienne. more...

  • The Archaeology of the Holy Landby Jodi Magness

    Cambridge University Press 2012; US$ 28.00

    An introduction to the archaeology and history of ancient Palestine, from the destruction of Solomon's temple to the Muslim conquest. more...