Annette Merz, PhD (2001), is Professor of Culture and Literature of Earliest Christianity at the University of Utrecht. She has published books and articles on the Historical Jesus and on Pauline Pseudepigraphy, including Die fiktive Selbstauslegung des Paulus (2004).
Teun Tieleman, PhD (1992), is Reader in Ancient Philosophy at the University of Utrecht. He has published extensively on Stoicism and on ancient medicine, most notably Galen. His monographs include Chrysippus on Affections. Reconstruction and Interpretation (2007).
All interested in early Syriac language and literature, ancient religion and philosophy, early Christianity, the political and military history of the Roman Empire and ancient Near Eastern culture and society.
Table of contents
1. General Introduction Annette Merz and Teun Tieleman
2. Making Use of History beyond the Euphrates: Political Views, Cultural Traditions, and Historical Contexts in the Letter of Mara bar Sarapion Michael A. Speidel
3. Cultural Responses from Kingdom to Province. The Romanisation of Commagene, Local Identities and the Mara bar Sarapion Letter Miguel John Versluys
4. Languages, Cultural Identities and Elites in the Land of Mara bar Sarapion Margherita Facella
5. Religious Life of Commagene in the Late Hellenistic and Early Roman Period Michael Blömer
6. Jesus As the Ever-Living Lawgiver in the Letter of Mara bar Sarapion Petr Pokorny
7. Mara’s God(s) and Time Albert de Jong
8. Where is Wisdom to be found? A Plea in Favour of Semitic Influences in the Letter of Mara bar Sarapion Pancratius C. Beentjes
9. Mara bar Sarapion and Greek Philosophy David Blank
10. The Deaths of Plato Anna Ntinti
11. Consolation from Prison: Mara bar Sarapion and Boethius Pieter W. van der Horst
12. Mara bar Sarapion: Comments on the Syriac Edition, Translation, and Notes by David Rensberger Ilaria L. E. Ramelli