Religions of Late Antiquity in Practice
Princeton University Press, 2000 - Religion - 511 pages
This is an unprecedented collection of nearly seventy Late Antique primary religious texts. These texts--all in new English translation and many appearing in English for the first time--represent every major religious current from the late first century until the rise of Islam. Produced through the efforts of thirty-six leading scholars in the field, they constitute a comprehensive view of religious practice in Late Antiquity.
Religious life and performance during this period comprised diverse, often unusual practices. Philosophical ascent, magic, legal pronouncement, hymnography, dietary and sexual restriction, and rhetoric were all part of this deeply fascinating world. Religious and political identity often intertwined, as reflected in the Roman persecution of Christians. And a fluid boundary between religion and superstition was contested in daily life. Many practices, including ascetic training, crossed religious boundaries. Others, such as "incubation" at specific temples and certain divination rites, were distinctive practices of individual groups and orders.
Intrinsically interesting, the practice of religion in the Late Antique also edifies modern-day religious life. As this volume shows, the origins of the contemporary Western religious terrain can be gleaned in this period. Rabbinic Judaism flourished and spread. Christianity developed still-important theological categories and structures. And even movements that did not survive intact--such as Neoplatonism and the once-powerful Manichaean churches--continue to influence religion today.
This rich sourcebook includes discussions of asceticism, religious organization, ritual, martyrdom, religion's social implications, law, and theology. Its unique emphasis on practice and its inclusion of texts translated from lesser-known languages advance the study of religious history in several directions. A strong interdisciplinary orientation will reward scholars and students of religion, theology, gender studies, classical literatures, and history. Each text is accompanied by an introduction and a bibliography for further reading and research, making the book appropriate for use in any university or seminary classroom.
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The forty-two chapters of this book offer a wide variety of excerpts of Late Antiquity (300 - 700 CE) religious texts. Religions include pagan Greek, Roman, and Egyptian; Jewish; early and orthodox ... Read full review
The First Sahidic Life of Pachomius
Philostratus of Athens Life of Apollonius of Tyana
Porphyry On the Life of Plotinus and the Order of His Books
Evagrius Ponticus on Prayer and Anger
PseudoAthanasius Discourse on Salvation to a Virgin
Basil of Caesarea The Prooemium of the Regulae fusius tractatae
Sermons of Columbanus
The Mithras Liturgy and Sepher HaRazim
The Seal of the Merkavah
Anonymous Spanish Correspondence or the Letter of the Sheass
Amuletic Invocations of Christ for Health and Fortune
The Hymns of Ambrose
Talmudic Texts and Jewish Social Life
Julian the Apostate Against the Galileans
A Thriving Native Cult in the Fifth Century and Its Demise under Coptic Monks
The Cologne Mani Codex
Tales of Holy Fools
Vision for the City Nisibis in Ephrems Hymns on Nicomedia
Acts of Thomas Scene One
An Anonymous Letter to a Woman Named Susanna
A Plea to a Local God for a Husbands Attentions
Bishop Avitus of Vienne to His Excellency Ansmundus
Chrysostoms Catecheses A Hermeneutic of Social Institutions
John Chrysostom Sermons on City Life
Laws on Religion from the Theodosian and Justinianic Codes
The Acts of the Council of Aquileia 381 CE
Canons of the Council in Trullo 692 CE
Hymns to Mary the Mother of God the Theotokos
An Isis Aretalogy from Kyme in Asia Minor First Century BCE
The Passion of Saints Perpetua and Felicity
The Martyrs of Lyons
The Martyrdom of Habbib the Deacon
Philosophy and Theology
Gregory Nazianzen Homily on the Nativity of Christ
Texts on Iconoclasm John of Damascus and the Council of Hiereia
Asterius of Amasea Ekphrasis on the Holy Martyr Euphemia
Christian Oracle Shrines
Popular Religious Practices in FifthCentury Egypt
The Zenith and Destruction of a Native Egyptian Oracle in 359 CE
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