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Divinations: Rereading Late Ancient Religion

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  1. The Fathers Refounded
    In The Fathers Refounded, Elizabeth A. Clark examines the lives and scholarship of professors Arthur Cushman McGiffert, George LaPiana, and Shirley Jackson Case, who modernized the academic study of Christianity in the early twentieth... Learn More
    Published: 4th December 2018
    Hardback | £61.00
  2. Ancient Christian Ecopoetics
    In Ancient Christian Ecopoetics, Virginia Burrus facilitates a provocative encounter between ancient Christian theology and contemporary ecological thought.... Learn More
    Published: 20th November 2018
    Hardback | £50.00
  3. The Apocalypse of Empire
    Stephen J. Shoemaker argues that earliest Islam was a movement driven by urgent eschatological belief that focused on the conquest, or liberation, of the biblical Holy Land and situates this belief within a broader cultural context... Learn More
    Published: 12th September 2018
    Hardback | £46.00
  4. In the Eye of the Animal
    In the Eye of the Animal: Zoological Imagination in Ancient Christianity complicates the role of animals in early Christian thought by showing how ancient texts and images celebrated a continuum of human and animal life.... Learn More
    Published: 16th July 2018
    Hardback | £61.00
  5. Sefer Yesirah and Its Contexts
    In "Sefer Yeṣirah" and Its Contexts, Tzahi Weiss explores anew the contested history of Sefer Yeṣirah, in the process extending our knowledge of Jewish intellectual traditions excluded from rabbinic canon.... Learn More
    Published: 1st May 2018
    Hardback | £46.00
  6. Between Christ and Caliph
    In Between Christ and Caliph, Lev E. Weitz examines the multiconfessional society of early Islam through the lens of shifting marital practices of Syriac Christian communities, arguing that interreligious negotiations lie at the... Learn More
    Published: 26th April 2018
    Hardback | £50.00
  7. Jesus, Mary, and Joseph
    What was it like in the household of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph? The extracanonical Infancy Gospel of Thomas and the Protogospel of James offer some answers. In stories of household conflict, as well as in scenes of courage and love,... Learn More
    Published: 12th September 2017
    Hardback | £29.99
  8. Jews, Gentiles, and Other Animals
    In Jews, Gentiles, and Other Animals, Mira Beth Wasserman undertakes a close reading of Avoda Zara, arguably the Babylonian Talmud's most scandalous tractate. According to Wasserman, Avoda Zara is where this Talmud joins the humanities... Learn More
    Published: 21st April 2017
    Hardback | £50.00
  9. The Virgin in Song
    In The Virgin in Song, Thomas Arentzen explores the characterization of Mary in the songs of Romanos the Melodist, one of the greatest liturgical poets of Byzantium. Romanos's hymns shaped a figure, Arentzen argues, who related... Learn More
    Published: 4th April 2017
    Hardback | £46.00
  10. The Iranian Talmud
    The Iranian Talmud reexamines the Babylonian Talmud—one of Judaism's most central texts—in the light of Persian literature and culture, providing an unprecedented and accessible overview to the vibrant world of pre-Islamic... Learn More
    Published: 4th November 2016
    Paperback | £22.99
  11. Pious Irreverence
    Judaism is often described as a religion that tolerates, even celebrates arguments with God. In Pious Irreverence, Dov Weiss has written the first scholarly study of the premodern roots of this distinctively Jewish theology of... Learn More
    Published: 26th July 2016
    Hardback | £53.00
  12. The Corporeal Imagination
    Focusing on saintly human bodies as relics, animated icons, and performers of the holy in hagiography, this book analyzes how Christians in late antiquity saw the material world with new eyes as a medium for the disclosure of... Learn More
    Published: 5th January 2016
    Paperback | £20.99
  13. Spiritual Taxonomies and Ritual Authority
    Spiritual Taxonomies and Ritual Authority recounts how philosophers of the late third century C.E. organized the spirit world into hierarchies, positioning themselves as high priests in the process. By establishing themselves... Learn More
    Published: 5th January 2016
    Hardback | £42.00
  14. Envisioning Islam
    The earliest and largest corpus of Christian writings on Islam was written in the Aramaic dialect of Syriac. Envisioning Islam shows how these previously neglected texts problematize modern perceptions of an exclusively hostile... Learn More
    Published: 24th June 2015
    Hardback | £46.00
    Paperback | £18.99
  15. A Traveling Homeland
    In A Traveling Homeland, Daniel Boyarin makes the case that the Babylonian Talmud is a diasporist manifesto producing and defining the practices that constitute Jewish diasporic identity in the form of textual, interpretive communities... Learn More
    Published: 18th June 2015
    Hardback | £18.99
  16. 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: 9th December 2014
    Hardback | £57.00
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