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- Fortress Press 2015; US$ 38.99
Upending a longstanding consensus, Bruce W. Longenecker presents a wide variety of material artifacts to illustrate that Christians made use of the cross as a visual symbol of their faith long before Constantine appropriated it to consolidate his power in the fourth century. Constantine did not invent the cross as a symbol of Christian faith; for... more...
- De Gruyter 2015; US$ 112.00
How did it happen that 2 nd century Christian authors often cited or alluded to pagan literature? To answer this question, the study examines their works together with those of their predecessors. It shows that the literary practice of quoting pagan texts had strong roots in Jewish-Hellenistic writings as well as in some New Testament... more...
- De Gruyter 2015; US$ 196.00
In their functions as memorial and devotional literature, the ?Acts of the Martyrs?, are generally read as historical protocols. They are an access point for understanding the development of hagiography. By examining different genres and textual compilations (at times, synoptic), this volume reveals the diversity of this literature and... more...
- Columbia University Press 2015; US$ 29.99
In this philosophical and theological study, John Gager undermines the Apostle Paul?s rejection of Judaism, conversion to Christianity, and founding of Christian anti-Judaism. Through meticulous research and well-supported argument, he finds that the rise of Christianity occurred well after Paul?s death and attributes the distortion of the Apostle?s... more...
- University of Alabama Press 2015; US$ 59.95
Beliefs and Rituals in Archaic Eastern North America describes, illustrates, and offers nondogmatic interpretations of rituals and beliefs in Archaic America. In compiling a wealth of detailed entries, author Cheryl Claassen has created both an exhaustive reference as well as an opening into new archaeological taxonomies, connections, and understandings... more...
- De Gruyter 2015; US$ 42.00
This book offers a concise introduction to the full range of writings in the Qumran: genuine, apocryphal, and pseudoepigraphic works as well as ?Biblical? manuscripts. The basic knowledge regarding each work is cogently summarized and brief passages are presented verbatim. This approach allows each of the texts to speak for itself as part... more...
- University of Alabama Press 2015; US$ 69.95
Transforming the Dead i s a collection of essays that examines culturally modified human bones and their roles as ?cultural and ritual objects? among prehistoric Eastern Woodland cultures. Previous scholarship has explored the role of human body parts in Native American cultures as trophies of war and revered ancestors. This collection discusses... more...
- University of California Press 2015; US$ 95.00
In this collection of essays, scholars from a range of disciplines explore the activity of knowing in late antiquity by focusing on thirteen major concepts from the intellectual, social, political, and cultural history of the period. They ask two questions about each of these concepts: what did late ancient people know about them, and how was that... more...
- De Gruyter 2015; US$ 140.00
This book traces the reinterpretations of the famous North African martyr text Passio Perpetuae et Felicitatis in the literature of the early Church from the 3rd century up to the times of Augustine. This recontextualization reaches its peak in the so-called Acta Perpetuae that represent a radical rewriting of the original and an attempt... more...
- De Gruyter 2015; US$ 140.00
The public/private distinction is fundamental to modern theories of the family, religion and religious freedom, and state power, yet it has different salience, and is understood differently, from place to place and time to time. The volume examines the public/private distinction in the cultures and religions of the ancient Mediterranean,... more...