The fact that religions show internal variation and develop over time is not only a problem for believers, but has also long engaged scholars. This is especially true for the religions of the ancient world, where the mere idea of innovation in religious matters evoked notions of revolution and destruction. With the emergence of new religious identities from the first century onwards, we begin to find traces of an entirely new vision of religion. The question was not whether a particular belief was new, but whether it was true and the two were no longer felt to be mutually exclusive. The present volume brings together articles that study this transformation, ranging from broad overviews to detailed case-studies.
Empsychoi Logoi — Religious Innovations in Antiquity
Amram Tropper, Ben Gurion University
In Simeon the Righteous in Rabbinic Literature: A Legend Reinvented, Amram Tropper investigates the rabbinic traditions about Simeon the Righteous, a renowned Jewish leader of Second Temple times, and the history of their formation.
Reconstructing Jewish political leadership of the late Second Temple and Talmudic periods, this book suggests that the period between two great revolts is the best period to study leadership dynamics.
In Paul and The Restoration of Humanity in Light of Ancient Jewish Traditions, Aaron Sherwood questions the assumption of universalism in Pauline thought, demonstrating that relevant Pauline traditions depict a particularly Israelite restoration of humanity that perhaps plays a generative role ...
Edited by / herausgegeben von Cilliers Breytenbach, Humboldt-Univerität zu Berlin & Jörg Frey, Universität Zürich
Refering to Hengel/Schwemer, Hurtado and their view of Early Christianity, the Reflections on Early Christian History of Religion document a scholarly discussion of problems and possibilities of studying and presenting Christian religion in Roman Antiquity. Mit Bezug auf Hengel und Schwemer, ...
herausgegeben von Sebastian Fuhrmann, Westfälische Wilhelms-Univertät Münster und Regina Grundmann, Westfälische Wilhelms-Univertät Münster
Voluntary death plays a central role in various discourses of the Hebrew Bible, Second Temple Period Judaism, Early Christianity and its pagan environment, Rabbinic Judaism as well as in Islam. The established concepts of martyrdom are challenged. Das freiwillige Sterben spielt eine zentrale ...
Donald T. Ariel & Jean-Philippe Fontanille
A comprehensive reappraisal of Herod the Great’s coinage is undertaken. Hoard and archaeological evidence, together with iconographic, epigraphic and numismatic observations, contribute to innovative interpretations of the coins, a new relative chronology, and some historical ‘pegs’ towards an ...
Edited by Daniel R. Schwartz and Zeev Weiss in collaboration with Ruth A. Clements
These twenty studies ask whether changes in different fields of ancient Jewish culture were caused by the destruction of the Second Temple in 70 CE, what changed for other reasons, and what did not change despite that event.
The book, well illustrated, presents in a wider historical-cultural context the results of the archaeological explorations (1990’s to early 2000’s) at Caesarea Maritima, the provincial capital of Roman Judaea/Palaestina, where Jews, Pagans, Christians and Samaritans lived side by side.
Das Doppelbuch Sibyllinische Orakel 1-2 ist eine historische Apokalypse, die biblische und heidnische Mythologie harmonisiert. Die vorliegende Studie sieht darin ein Zeugnis der jüdisch-heidnischen Symbiose in Kleinasien, das im 2. Jahrhundert n. Chr. christlich bearbeitet wurde. Sie enthält ...
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