Among the Gentiles: Greco-Roman Religion and Christianity by Luke Timothy Johnson

By Luke Timothy Johnson

Luke Timothy Johnson does it back. This such a lot artistic and realized interpreter of latest testomony and early church heritage demanding situations his readers to exploit 4 new interpretive different types to discover Jewish, Christian, and Gentile faith. Scales fall from readers' eyes as they see accepted texts in interesting and awesome new methods. for instance, why should still it's astonishing that new converts in Galatia desired to upload circumcision to baptism? in any case, the non secular practices with which they have been primary invited deeper degrees of initiation.

Show description

Read or Download Among the Gentiles: Greco-Roman Religion and Christianity (The Anchor Yale Bible Reference Library) PDF

Similar greece books

Politics munificence roman empire

Within the first centuries advert, the jap Roman provinces skilled a proliferation of elite public generosity unequalled of their prior or later heritage. during this learn, Arjan Zuiderhoek makes an attempt to respond to the query why this could were so. concentrating on Roman Asia Minor, he argues that the surge in elite public giving used to be no longer attributable to the vulnerable monetary and monetary place of the provincial towns, as has frequently been maintained, yet through social and political advancements and tensions in the Greek towns created by way of their integration into the Roman imperial process.

Alexander the Great and the Mystery of the Elephant Medallions

To all those that witnessed his amazing conquests, from Albania to India, Alexander the good seemed invincible. How Alexander himself promoted this appearance--how he abetted the assumption that he loved divine want and commanded even the forces of nature opposed to his enemies--is the topic of Frank L.

A History of Trust in Ancient Greece

A big quantity of literature exists on Greek legislations, economics, and political philosophy. but nobody has written a heritage of belief, probably the most primary points of social and financial interplay within the historical global. during this clean examine antiquity, Steven Johnstone explores the best way democracy and markets flourished in historic Greece no longer a lot via own relationships as via belief in summary systems—including cash, standardized dimension, rhetoric, and haggling.

The Athenian Revolution: Essays on Ancient Greek Democracy and Political Theory

The place did "democracy" come from, and what used to be its unique shape and which means? the following Josiah Ober indicates that this "power of the folks" crystallized in a progressive rebellion by means of the standard electorate of Athens in 508-507 B. C. He then examines the results of the advance of direct democracy for upper-and lower-class voters, for dissident Athenian intellectuals, and if you happen to have been denied citizenship lower than the recent regime (women, slaves, resident foreigners), in addition to for the final improvement of Greek historical past.

Extra resources for Among the Gentiles: Greco-Roman Religion and Christianity (The Anchor Yale Bible Reference Library)

Example text

Notice how this small phrase opens the way to a more neutral analysis of religious phenomena. The issue is not whose ultimate is truly ultimate; the issue is the way a response to something as ultimate gives rise to certain behav­ iors. Religious experience therefore always involves an element of interpreta­ tion, not simply after the event but in the experiencing itself. 17 I can "see" some­ thing powerful as the work of the Holy Spirit only because my symbolic world contains a Holy Spirit that allows such sight.

54 De­ fenders of providence faced the same challenges as did the defenders of God's justice within monotheistic systems, namely, the evidence to the contrary sug­ gesting that the evil go unpunished and that the good do not prosper. 57 Both allegorical interpretation and the search for an ordering principle supe­ rior to the anthropomorphic gods, however, remained within the framework A Preliminary Profile of Greco-Roman Religion 39 and depended on the normative status of polytheism. They did not represent a rejection but rather a refinement of the religious system that pervaded Greco­ Roman culture and gave it definition.

Z4-27). Other novels are being examined not for their plot and characterization, but for the way they depict social realities and reli­ gious sensibilities. H. J. Cadbury once remarked that Chariton of Aphrodisias' novel, Chaereas and Callirhoe, contained more similarities to the idiom and ideas of the Acts of the Apostles than did any other ancient text. 55 Other literature is read with new interest in light of archaeology. 56 Similarly, Pliny the El­ der's Historia Naturalis, Strabo's Geography, and especially Pausanius' Descrip­ tion of Greece find new pertinence for the study of Greco-Roman religion to the extent that they can be correlated with (or corrected by) new knowledge derived from archaeology.

Download PDF sample

Rated 4.83 of 5 – based on 28 votes