Essays on religion and the ancient world

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Harvard University Press, Jan 1, 1972 - Religion - 1029 pages
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About the author (1972)

The range of Nock's scholarship is immense. He wrote on early Christianity and the magical papyri, Greek and Roman religion, Zoroastrianism, Mithraism, Gnosticism, and the Hermetic corpus. Nock was not entirely adverse to general statement. He once wrote, "The history of religion is a history of feeling rather than a reason." But consciously, at least, Nock was a "minimizer"; that is, he disliked hasty theorizing, bold generalizations, and speculation. He preferred to rest firmly with the evidence, and he insisted that all evidence needs to be examined and interpreted against the background of its context. What results is a scholar's dream, but it may often be less than satisfying for the general reader. Nock's scholarly papers are wonderful compendia of evidence carefully and critically assessed, at times the only full compendia available on a given subject.

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