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    DescriptionThe religious transformations that marked late antiquity represent an enigma that has challenged some of the West's greatest thinkers. But, according to Guy G. Stroumsa, the oppositions between paganism and Christianity that characterize prevailing theories have endured for too long. Instead of describing this epochal change as an evolution within the Greco-Roman world from polytheism to monotheism, he argues that the cause for this shift can be found not so much around the Mediterranean as in the Near East. "The End of Sacrifice" points to the role of Judaism, particularly its inventions of new religious life following the destruction of the Second Temple in 70 CE. The end of animal sacrifice gave rise to new forms of worship, with a concern for personal salvation, scriptural study, rituals like praying and fasting, and the rise of religious communities and monasticism. It is what Christianity learned from Judaism about texts, death, and, above all, sacrifice that allowed it to supersede Greco-Roman religions and, Stroumsa argues, transform religion itself. A concise and original approach to a much-studied moment in religious history, "The End of Sacrifice" will be heralded by all scholars of late antiquity.


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    Title
    The End of Sacrifice
    Subtitle
    Religious Transformations in Late Antiquity
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Guy G. Stroumsa, Translated by Susan Emanuel
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 160
    Width: 140 mm
    Height: 216 mm
    Thickness: 20 mm
    Weight: 363 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780226777382
    ISBN 10: 0226777383
    Classifications

    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: REL
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T6.0
    B&T General Subject: 690
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 01
    BIC subject category V2: HRAX
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/ANCIEN
    Ingram Subject Code: RY
    Libri: I-RY
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 15540
    BISAC V2.8: REL015000, HIS002020
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 02
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 35
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    BISAC V2.8: HIS002000, HIS002010
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    DC22: 261.2/2
    LC classification: BR170 .S8713 2009
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    BISAC V2.8: REL033000
    Publisher
    The University of Chicago Press
    Imprint name
    University of Chicago Press
    Publication date
    27 May 2009
    Publication City/Country
    Chicago, IL
    Author Information
    Guy G. Stroumsa is the Martin Buber Professor of Comparative Religion at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He is the author of ten books and the editor or coeditor of fifteen others. Susan Emanuel has translated more than twenty books from French, most recently Riva Kastoryano's Multiculturalism in Europe, Aviad Kleinberg's The Seven Deadly Sins, and Maurice Lever's Beaumarchais.
    Review quote
    "An important study that suggests a number of new ways of thinking on central topics in the study of religion in late antiquity. Stroumsa's conclusions will be studied with interest by all serious scholars dealing with the period." - Brian Stock, University of Toronto"