Divinations: Rereading Late Ancient Religion

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  1. Scripture and Tradition
    Analyzing the layers of interpretation in the Sifra and the transformation of Rabbi Akiva's portrayal in rabbinic literature more broadly, Azzan Yadin-Israel traces an ideological shift toward scriptural authority and away from... Learn More
    Published: 6th January 2015
    Hardback | £69.00
  2. Liturgical Subjects
    Focusing on the practice of Byzantine Orthodoxy in Constantinople from the sixth to eleventh centuries, Liturgical Subjects examines how hymns, sermons, prayers, and art offered models for Christian self-recognition and scripts... Learn More
    Published: 9th October 2014
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  3. Zayd

    Zayd

    By David S. Powers

    Series Divinations: Rereading Late Ancient Religion

    University of Pennsylvania Press, Inc.

    In Zayd, David S. Powers restores Muhammad's adopted son to his place at the center of the Islamic foundation narrative, arguing that Zayd is modeled on earlier biblical figures to address ideas about legitimate succession and... Learn More
    Published: 20th June 2014
    Hardback | £52.00
  4. Violence and Belief in Late Antiquity
    Focusing on the shared vocabulary of images and ideas with which late ancient Christians and Muslims imagined the past, present, and future, this book seeks to understand why violent expressions of religious devotion became central... Learn More
    Published: 22nd December 2008
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  5. Apocalypse of the Alien God
    Apocalypse of the Alien God shows that the fundamental break between the Platonic tradition and Judeo-Christianity began when the mystic Plotinus rejected the teachings of the Sethians, an influential group of Gnostics who operated... Learn More
    Published: 19th February 2014
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  6. Slandering the Jew
    This book explores the sexual slander of Jews in Christian texts from the first through fifth centuries. These early Christian representations of Jewish sexuality reveal how Church fathers used accusations of fleshliness, bestiality,... Learn More
    Published: 18th July 2013
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  7. Augustine's Manichaean Dilemma, Volume 2
    Demonstrating that as Augustine defined and became a "Catholic" self, he also intently engaged with his former Manichaean faith, Augustine's Manichaean Dilemma, Volume 2 explores the close interplay of these two processes in Augustine's... Learn More
    Published: 31st May 2013
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  8. The Invention of Peter
    By emphasizing the ways the Bishops of Rome first leveraged the cult of St. Peter to their advantage, George E. Demacopoulos constructs an alternate account of papal history that challenges the dominant narrative of an inevitable... Learn More
    Published: 29th May 2013
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  9. The Memory of the Temple and the Making of the Rabbis
    Naftali S. Cohn provides an innovative understanding of the rabbinic authors of the Mishnah and their intense focus on the Temple. He contends that the memory of the Temple served a political function for the rabbis, arguing for... Learn More
    Published: 6th November 2012
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  10. Thorns in the Flesh
    In Thorns in the Flesh, Andrew Crislip explores late ancient Christian reflections on the meaning and value of illness in ascetic practice. Overturning earlier assumptions about early Christian theology of illness, he reveals... Learn More
    Published: 11th October 2012
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  11. Textual Mirrors
    In Textual Mirrors, Dina Stein draws on literary theory, folklore studies, and semiotics to closely examine midrashic tales in which self-reflexivity operates as a central element. Within these texts, rabbinic discourse itself... Learn More
    Published: 10th October 2012
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  12. Christ Circumcised
    This first full-length study of Jesus' circumcision reimagines the language of difference and identity in early Christianity. From his earliest appearance in the Gospel of Luke to the medieval Feast of the Circumcision, Christ... Learn More
    Published: 16th March 2012
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  13. The Death of a Prophet
    Stephen J. Shoemaker investigates contradictory traditions about the end of Muhammad's life in the Islamic and non-Islamic sources of the seventh and eighth centuries.... Learn More
    Published: 14th December 2011
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  14. Demonic Desires
    This study examines the concept of yetzer hara, or evil inclination. Analyzing the some one hundred and fifty appearances of the yetzer in rabbinic literature, Rosen-Zvi contends that the term should not be read under the traditional... Learn More
    Published: 13th October 2011
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  15. A Common Justice
    Focusing on the late seventh to early eleventh centuries in the region between Iraq in the east and present-day Tunisia in the west, this study explores the multiplicity of judicial systems that coexisted under early Islam to... Learn More
    Published: 5th October 2011
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  16. Founding the Fathers
    Founding the Fathers explores the development of early Christian history and theology as a discipline in four nineteenth-century Protestant seminaries in the United States. Archival sources reveal how professors adjusted German... Learn More
    Published: 10th May 2011
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