The aim of this series is to survey particular themes in the history of religion across the different religions of antiquity and to set up comparisons and contrast, resonances and discontinuities, and thus reach a profounder understanding of the religious experience in the ancient world.
The Crucible of Christian Morality
Sacred Languages and Sacred Texts
By J. Ian H. McDonald
June 26, 1998
The Crucible of Christian Morality explores the notion of Christian ethics and discusses its roots in the teachings of Jesus and also Hellenistic philosophy. Its significance in developing moral standards throughout the world and its stability in the modern world.The Crucible of Christian Morality ...
By Jon Davies
August 03, 1999
In Death, Burial and Rebirth in the Religions of Antiquity, Jon Davies charts the significance of death to the emerging religious cults in the pre-Christian and early Christian world. He analyses the varied burial rituals and examines the different notions of the afterlife. Among the areas covered ...
By John Sawyer
July 08, 1999
Sacred Languages and Sacred Texts is the first comprehensive study of the role of languages and texts in the religions of the Greco-Roman world, including Judaism and Christianity.It explores bilingualism, language learning, literacy, book production and translation, as well as some of the more ...
By H. Greg Snyder
September 15, 2000
Teachers and Texts in the Ancient World presents a comprehensive and accessible survey of religious and philosophical teaching and classroom practices in the ancient world. H. Gregory Snyder synthesizes a wide range of ancient evidence and modern scholarship to address such questions as how the ...
By Deborah F. Sawyer
October 15, 1996
Women and Religion in the First Christian Centuries focuses on religion during the period of Roman imperial rule and its significance in women's lives. It discusses the rich variety of religious expression, from pagan cults and classical mythology to ancient Judaism and early Christianity, and ...
By Naomi Janowitz
July 25, 2001
Using in-depth examples of 'magical' practice such as exorcisms, love rites, alchemy and the transformation of humans into divine beings, this lively volume demonstrates that the word 'magic' was used widely in late antique texts as part of polemics against enemies and sometimes merely as a term ...
By Hannah K. Harrington
July 10, 2001
In this in-depth exploration of holiness in the context of rabbinic Judaism, Hannah K. Harrington places the rabbinic concept of holiness alongside other notions of the sacred in the Graeco-Roman world. Holistic and yet detailed, this volume provides a much-needed comparative view of this subject ...