Classical Studies: Ancient Religions

  • Borderline Virginities: Sacred and Secular Virgins in Late Antiquity book cover

    Borderline Virginities

    Sacred and Secular Virgins in Late Antiquity

    By Sissel Undheim

    How and why did virginity come to play such a crucial part in the Christian Church in the formative and defining period of Late Antiquity? Undheim analyses the negotiations over what constituted virginity, and assesses its socio-religious value, in fourth-century Rome by looking at those at the…

    Hardback – 2017-08-07 
    Routledge

  • The Archaeology of Lucanian Cult Places: Fourth Century BC to the Early Imperial Age book cover

    The Archaeology of Lucanian Cult Places

    Fourth Century BC to the Early Imperial Age

    By Ilaria Battiloro

    With the emergence and structuring of the Lucanian ethnos during the fourth century BC, a network of cult places, set apart from habitation spaces, was created at the crossroads of the most important communication routes of ancient Lucania. These sanctuaries became centers of social and political…

    Hardback – 2017-07-07 
    Routledge

  • Omens and Oracles: Divination in Ancient Greece book cover

    Omens and Oracles: Divination in Ancient Greece

    By Matthew Dillon

    Addressing the role which divination played in ancient Greek society, this volume deals with various forms of prophecy and how each was utilised and for what purpose. Chapters bring together key types of divining, such as from birds, celestial phenomena, the entrails of sacrificed animals, and…

    Hardback – 2017-07-04 
    Routledge

  • Catholic Critics of the King James Bible: The Unauthorised History, 1611-1911 book cover

    Catholic Critics of the King James Bible

    The Unauthorised History, 1611-1911

    By Ellie Gebarowski-Shafer

    This book challenges the prevailing view that until fairly recently the King James Bible (KJB) dominated the field of English biblical translation virtually unopposed. Rather than focusing on its gradual acceptance and triumph as traditional Protestant narratives and even most recent scholarly…

    Hardback – 2017-07-01 
    Routledge
    Routledge New Critical Thinking in Religion, Theology and Biblical Studies

  • Ancient African Christianity: An Introduction to a Unique Context and Tradition book cover

    Ancient African Christianity

    An Introduction to a Unique Context and Tradition

    By David E. Wilhite

    Christianity spread across North Africa early, and it remained there as a powerful force much longer than anticipated. While this form of Christianity largely shared the Latin language and Roman culture of the wider empire, it also represented a unique tradition that was shaped by the African…

    Paperback – 2017-06-29 
    Routledge

  • The Unbound God: Slavery and the Formation of Early Christian Thought book cover

    The Unbound God

    Slavery and the Formation of Early Christian Thought

    By Chris L. de Wet

    This volume examines the prevalence, function, and socio-political effects of slavery discourse in the major theological formulations of the late third to early fifth centuries AD, arguably the most formative period of early Christian doctrine. The question the book poses is this: in what way did…

    Hardback – 2017-06-27 
    Routledge
    Routledge Studies in the Early Christian World

  • Ishtar book cover

    Ishtar

    By Louise M. Pryke

    Ishtar is the first book dedicated to providing an accessible analysis of the mythology and image of this complex goddess. The polarity of her nature is reflected in her role as goddess of sexual love and war, and has made her difficult to characterise in modern scholarship. By exploring this…

    Hardback – 2017-06-19 
    Routledge
    Gods and Heroes of the Ancient World

  • Producing Christian Culture: Medieval Exegesis and Its Interpretative Genres book cover

    Producing Christian Culture

    Medieval Exegesis and Its Interpretative Genres

    Edited by Giles E. M. Gasper, Francis Watson, Matthew R. Crawford

    Producing Christian Culture takes as its thread the 'interpretative genres' within which medieval people engaged with the Bible. Contributors to the volume present specific material as a case study illustrative of a specific genre, whether devotional, homiletical, scholarly, or controversial. The…

    Hardback – 2017-06-07 
    Routledge

  • A Kryptic Model of the Incarnation book cover

    A Kryptic Model of the Incarnation

    By Andrew Ter Ern Loke

    The Incarnation, traditionally understood as the metaphysical union between true divinity and true humanity in the one person of Jesus Christ, is one of the central doctrines for Christians over the centuries. Nevertheless, many scholars have objected that the Scriptural account of the Incarnation…

    Paperback – 2017-05-16 
    Routledge
    Routledge New Critical Thinking in Religion, Theology and Biblical Studies

  • The Place of Judas Iscariot in Christology book cover

    The Place of Judas Iscariot in Christology

    By Anthony Cane

    Exploring the significance of Judas Iscariot for Christian theology and the difficult issues surrounding Judas, Anthony Cane shows that focusing on the tension between providential and tragic interpretations of Judas in the New Testament and in subsequent writing about Judas, is the key to…

    Paperback – 2017-04-30 
    Routledge

  • The Personification of Wisdom book cover

    The Personification of Wisdom

    By Alice M. Sinnott

    This book examines the personification of Wisdom as a female figure - a central motif in Proverbs, Job, Sirach, Wisdom and Baruch. Alice M. Sinnott identifies how and why the complex character of Wisdom was introduced into the Israelite tradition, and created and developed by Israelite/Jewish…

    Paperback – 2017-04-30 
    Routledge
    Society for Old Testament Study

  • Ecclesiastes and the Riddle of Authorship book cover

    Ecclesiastes and the Riddle of Authorship

    By Thomas M. Bolin

    In Ecclesiastes, the authorial voice of Qohelet presents an identity that has challenged readers for centuries. This book offers a reception history of the different ways readers have constructed Qohelet as an author. Previous reception histories of Ecclesiastes group readings into "premodern" and…

    Hardback – 2017-04-04
    Routledge
    BibleWorld

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