From Roman to Early Christian Thessalonike: Studies in Religion and Archaeology

From Roman to Early Christian Thessalonike: Studies in Religion and Archaeology

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Edited by Laura Nasrallah, Edited by Charalambos Bakirtzis, Edited by Steven J. Friesen, Contributions by Pantelis Nigdelis, Contributions by Richard Ascough, Contributions by Melanie Johnson-Debaufre, Contributions by Thea Stefanidou-Tiveriou, Contributions by Christine Thomas, Contributions by Helmut Koester, Contributions by Slobodan Curcic

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  • Publisher: Harvard Divinity School Theological Studies
  • Format: Paperback | 350 pages
  • Dimensions: 137mm x 211mm x 28mm | 635g
  • Publication date: 7 February 2011
  • Publication City/Country: Cambridge
  • ISBN 10: 0674053222
  • ISBN 13: 9780674053229
  • Illustrations note: 130 halftones
  • Sales rank: 1,024,543

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This volume brings together international scholars of religion, archaeologists, and scholars of art and architectural history to investigate social, political, and religious life in Roman and early Christian Thessalonike, an important metropolis in the Hellenistic, Roman, and early Christian periods and beyond. This volume is the first broadly interdisciplinary investigation of Roman and early Christian Thessalonike in English and offers new data and new interpretations by scholars of ancient religion and archaeology. The book covers materials usually treated by a broad range of disciplines: New Testament and early Christian literature, art historical materials, urban planning in antiquity, material culture and daily life, and archaeological artifacts from the Roman to the late antique period.

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Laura Nasrallah is Associate Professor of New Testament and Early Christianity at Harvard Divinity School. Charalambos Bakirtzis is former Ephor, Byzantine Antiquities, Thessaloniki, Greece. Steven J. Friesen is Louise Farmer Boyer Chair in Biblical Studies at the University of Texas at Austin. Helmut Koester is John H. Morison Research Professor of Divinity, and Winn Research Professor of Ecclesiastical History, Harvard Divinity School.

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"From Roman to Early Christian Thessalonike: Studies in Religion and Archaeology" is a rich resource not only for the light it sheds on Thessalonike but also for the interpretive case studies it offers for an impressive range of ancient materials--architecture, inscriptions, texts (canonical and non-canonical), sarcophagi, ceramics, glassware and mosaics.--James C. Walters, Associate Professor Of New Testament And Christian Origins Boston University School Of Theology

Table of contents

* Introduction * Late Antiquity and Christianity in Thessalonike: Aspects of a Transformation * Voluntary Associations in Roman Thessalonike: In Search of Identity and Support in a Cosmopolitan Society * Of Memories and Meals: Greco-Roman Associations and the Early Jesus-Group at Thessalonike *"Gazing Upon the Invisible": Archaeology, Historiography, and the Elusive Women of 1 Thessalonians * Second Thessalonians, the Ideology of Epistles, and the Construction of Authority: Our Debt to the Forger * Early Christian Interpretation in Image and Word: Canon, Sacred Text, and the Mosaics of Moni Latomou * Social Status and Family Origin in the Sarcophagi of Thessaloniki * Locating Purity: Temples, Sexual Prohibitions, and "Making a Difference" in Thessalonike * Egyptian Religion in Thessalonike Aristotelis Mentzos Reflections on the Architectural History of the Tetrarchic Palace Complex at Thessaloniki * Christianization of Thessalonike: The Making of Christian "Urban Iconography" * Civic Identity in Christian Thessalonike * Glassware in Late Antique Thessalonike: Third to Seventh Centuries C.E.