Religions of Late Antiquity in Practice

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Richard Valantasis
Princeton University Press, 2000 - Religion - 511 pages
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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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19
Philostratus of Athens Life of Apollonius of Tyana
34
Porphyry On the Life of Plotinus and the Order of His Books
50
Asceticism
63
Evagrius Ponticus on Prayer and Anger
65
PseudoAthanasius Discourse on Salvation to a Virgin
82
Basil of Caesarea The Prooemium of the Regulae fusius tractatae
100
Sermons of Columbanus
109
Ritual
301
The Mithras Liturgy and Sepher HaRazim
303
Manichaean Ritual
316
The Seal of the Merkavah
322
Anonymous Spanish Correspondence or the Letter of the Sheass
330
Amuletic Invocations of Christ for Health and Fortune
340
Hymnody
345
The Hymns of Ambrose
347

Manichaean Asceticism
122
Organizations
131
Talmudic Texts and Jewish Social Life
133
Julian the Apostate Against the Galileans
143
A Thriving Native Cult in the Fifth Century and Its Demise under Coptic Monks
156
The Cologne Mani Codex
161
Tales of Holy Fools
177
Community
187
Vision for the City Nisibis in Ephrems Hymns on Nicomedia
189
Acts of Thomas Scene One
207
An Anonymous Letter to a Woman Named Susanna
218
A Plea to a Local God for a Husbands Attentions
230
Bishop Avitus of Vienne to His Excellency Ansmundus
232
Chrysostoms Catecheses A Hermeneutic of Social Institutions
235
John Chrysostom Sermons on City Life
247
Law
261
Laws on Religion from the Theodosian and Justinianic Codes
263
The Acts of the Council of Aquileia 381 CE
275
Canons of the Council in Trullo 692 CE
289
Hymns to Mary the Mother of God the Theotokos
357
Manichaean Hymnody
364
An Isis Aretalogy from Kyme in Asia Minor First Century BCE
369
Martyrology
385
The Passion of Saints Perpetua and Felicity
387
The Martyrs of Lyons
398
The Martyrdom of Habbib the Deacon
413
4 Maccabees
424
Philosophy and Theology
441
Gregory Nazianzen Homily on the Nativity of Christ
443
Texts on Iconoclasm John of Damascus and the Council of Hiereia
454
Asterius of Amasea Ekphrasis on the Holy Martyr Euphemia
464
Christian Oracle Shrines
469
Popular Religious Practices in FifthCentury Egypt
473
The Zenith and Destruction of a Native Egyptian Oracle in 359 CE
476
Manichaean Theology
481
lamblichus de Mysteriis Book I The de Mysteriis
489
Index
507
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Raised and immersed in the Greek Orthodox tradition, Richard Valantasis has been an Episcopal priest for 30 years. In addition to his activities as parish priest and spiritual director, he is Professor of New Testament and Christian Origins at Iliff School of Theology. He is the author of Spiritual Guides of the Third Century and The Gospel of Thomas, and editor of Religions in Late Antiquity in Practice and Asceticism (with Vincent Wimbush).

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