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The Silencing of Slaves in Early Jewish and Christian Texts

The Silencing of Slaves in Early Jewish and Christian Texts

1st Edition

Ronald Charles
July 22, 2019

The Silencing of Slaves in Early Jewish and Christian Texts analyzes a large corpus of early Christian texts and Pseudepigraphic materials to understand how the authors of these texts used, abused and silenced enslaved characters to articulate their own social, political, and theological visions....

The Afterlife in Early Christian Carthage: Near-Death Experiences, Ancestor Cult, and the Archaeology of Paradise

The Afterlife in Early Christian Carthage: Near-Death Experiences, Ancestor Cult, and the Archaeology of Paradise

1st Edition

Stephen E. Potthoff
January 11, 2019

The Afterlife in Early Christian Carthage explores how the visionary experiences of early Christian martyrs shaped and informed early Christian ancestor cult and the construction of the cemetery as paradise. Taking the early Christian cemeteries in Carthage as a case study, the volume broadens our...

Between Jews and Heretics: Refiguring Justin Martyr’s Dialogue with Trypho

Between Jews and Heretics: Refiguring Justin Martyr’s Dialogue with Trypho

1st Edition

Matthijs den Dulk
May 23, 2018

Justin Martyr’s Dialogue with Trypho is the oldest preserved literary dialogue between a Jew and a Christian and a key text for understanding the development of early Judaism and Christianity. In Between Jews and Heretics, Matthijs den Dulk argues that whereas scholarship has routinely cast this...

The Slave Metaphor and Gendered Enslavement in Early Christian Discourse: Double Trouble Embodied

The Slave Metaphor and Gendered Enslavement in Early Christian Discourse: Double Trouble Embodied

1st Edition

Marianne Bjelland Kartzow
April 19, 2018

The Slave Metaphor and Gendered Enslavement in Early Christian Discourse adds new knowledge to the ongoing discussion of slavery in early Christian discourse. Kartzow argues that the complex tension between metaphor and social reality in early Christian discourse is undertheorized. A metaphor can...

Reconceiving Religious Conflict: New Views from the Formative Centuries of Christianity

Reconceiving Religious Conflict: New Views from the Formative Centuries of Christianity

1st Edition

Wendy Mayer, Chris L. de Wet
January 25, 2018

Reconceiving Religious Conflict deconstructs instances of religious conflict within the formative centuries of Christianity, the first six centuries CE. It explores the theoretical foundations of religious conflict; the dynamics of religious conflict within the context of persecution and martyrdom;...

Jewish Glass and Christian Stone: A Materialist Mapping of the

Jewish Glass and Christian Stone: A Materialist Mapping of the "Parting of the Ways"

1st Edition

Eric C. Smith
November 16, 2017

In recent years scholars have re-evaluated the "parting of the ways" between Judaism and Christianity, reaching new understandings of the ways shared origins gave way to two distinct and sometimes inimical religious traditions. But this has been a profoundly textual task, relying on the writings of...

Chromatius of Aquileia and the Making of a Christian City

Chromatius of Aquileia and the Making of a Christian City

1st Edition

Robert McEachnie
June 23, 2017

Chromatius of Aquileia and the Making of a Christian City examines how the increasing authority of institutionalized churches changed late antique urban environments. Aquileia, the third largest city in Italy during late antiquity, presents a case study in the transformation of elite Roman...

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

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

1st Edition

Chris L. de Wet
June 20, 2017

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...

The Legacy of Demetrius of Alexandria 189-232 CE: The Form and Function of Hagiography in Late Antique and Islamic Egypt

The Legacy of Demetrius of Alexandria 189-232 CE: The Form and Function of Hagiography in Late Antique and Islamic Egypt

1st Edition

Maged Mikhail
December 13, 2016

This is the first full-length study of Demetrius of Alexandria (189–232 ce), who generated a neglected, yet remarkable hagiographic program that secured him a positive legacy throughout the Middle Ages and the modern era. Drawing upon Patristic, Coptic, and Arabic sources spanning a millennium, the...

Visions of God and Ideas on Deification in Patristic Thought

Visions of God and Ideas on Deification in Patristic Thought

1st Edition

Mark Edwards, Elena Ene D-Vasilescu
November 02, 2016

This volume illustrates the complexity and variety of early Christian thought on the subject of the image of God as a theological concept, and the difficulties that arise even in the interpretation of particular authors who gave a cardinal place to the image of God in their expositions of Christian...

Resurrecting Parts: Early Christians on Desire, Reproduction, and Sexual Difference

Resurrecting Parts: Early Christians on Desire, Reproduction, and Sexual Difference

1st Edition

Taylor Petrey
July 27, 2015

During the late second and early third centuries C.E. the resurrection became a central question for intellectual commentary, with increasingly tense divisions between those who interpreted the resurrection as a bodily experience and those who did not. The relationship between the resurrected...

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