New Testament, Early Christianity, and Magic

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These two volumes collect some of the most influential and important scholarly essays by the late Morton Smith (1915-1991), for many years Professor of Ancient History at Columbia University in New York City. Smith was admired and feared for his extraordinary ability to look at familiar texts in unfamiliar ways, to re-open old questions, to pose new questions, and to demolish received truths. He practiced the "hermeneutics of suspicion" to devastating effect. His answers are not always convincing but his questions cannot be ignored.
The essays of Volume I center on the Hebrew Bible ("Old Testament"), Ancient Israel and Ancient Judaism, of Volume II on the Christian Bible ("New Testament"), Early Christianity and Ancient Magic. Volume II also contains an assessment of Smith's scholarly achievement and a complete list of his publications.
 

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Contents

On the History of the Divine Man
28
Robbers Jurists Prophets and Magicians
39
Ascent to the Heavens and the Beginning of Christianity
47
Two Ascended to Heaven Jesus and the Author of 4Q491 11 1
68
The Origin and History of the Transfiguration Story
79
The Reason for the Persecution of Paul and
87
Pauline Worship as Seen by Pagans
95
Pauls Arguments as Evidence of the Christianity from which
103
The Account of Simon Magus in Acts 8
140
De Superstitione Plutarch Moralia 164E171F
152
The History of the Term Gnostikos
183
On the History of APOKALYPTO and APOKALYPSIS
194
How Magic Was Changed By the Triumph of Christianity
208
The Eighth Book of Moses and How it Grew PLeid J 395
217
P Leid J 395 PGM XIII and Its Creation Legend
227
The Angels
235

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Salvation in the Gospels Paul and the Magical Papyri
130

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About the author (1996)

Morton Smith, Ph.D. (1948), Hebrew University in Jerusalem, and Th.D. (1957), Harvard University, was for many years Professor of Ancient History at Columbia University in New York City.
Shaye J.D.Cohen, Ph.D. (1975), Columbia University, was a student of Morton Smith, and is currently Ungerleider Professor and Chair of the Program of Judaic Studies at Brown University.