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    DescriptionBruce Lincoln is one of the most prominent advocates within religious studies for an uncompromisingly critical approach to the phenomenon of religion-historians of religions, he believes, should resist the preferred narratives and self-understanding of religions themselves, especially when their stories are endowed with sacred origins and authority. In "Gods and Demons, Priests and Scholars", Lincoln assembles a collection of essays that both illustrates and reveals the benefits of his methodology, making a case for a critical religious studies that starts with skepticism but is neither cynical nor crude. The book begins with Lincoln's "Theses on Method" and ends with "The (Un)discipline of Religious Studies," in which he unsparingly considers the failings of uncritical and nonhistorical approaches to the study of religions. In between, Lincoln presents new examinations of problems in ancient religions and relates these cases to larger comparative themes. While bringing to light important features of the formation of pantheons and the constructions of demons, chaos, and the dead, Lincoln demonstrates that historians of religions should take religious things-inspired scriptures, sacred centers, salvific rites, communities graced by divine favor-as the theories of interested humans that shape perception, community, and experiences. As he shows, it is for their terrestrial influence, and not their sacred origins, that religious phenomena merit consideration by the historian. Tackling many questions central to religious study, "Gods and Demons, Priests and Scholars" will be a touchstone for the history of religions in the twenty-first century.


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    Title
    Gods and Demons, Priests and Scholars
    Subtitle
    Critical Explorations in the History of Religions
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Bruce Lincoln
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 320
    Width: 152 mm
    Height: 229 mm
    Thickness: 15 mm
    Weight: 367 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780226481876
    ISBN 10: 0226481875
    Classifications

    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 25540
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: REL
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T6.0
    B&T General Subject: 690
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    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 01
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    B&T Modifier: Text Format: 02
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 05
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 02
    BISAC V2.8: REL017000
    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
    BISAC V2.8: HIS002000, REL026000
    DC22: 200.71
    Ingram Subject Code: RG
    Libri: I-RG
    BISAC V2.8: REL033000
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    LC classification: BL41 .L56 2012
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    DC23: 200.7
    Illustrations note
    16 colour plates, 10 line drawings, 12 tables
    Publisher
    The University of Chicago Press
    Imprint name
    University of Chicago Press
    Publication date
    11 May 2012
    Publication City/Country
    Chicago, IL
    Author Information
    Bruce Lincoln is the Caroline E. Haskell Professor of the History of Religions, Middle Eastern Studies, and Medieval Studies at the University of Chicago, where he is also an associate in the Departments of Anthropology and Classics. He is the author of nine books, most recently Religion, Empire, and Torture: The Case of Achaemenian Persia, also published by the University of Chicago Press.
    Review quote
    "Bruce Lincoln is a rara avis. His combination of precise technical analysis of ancient religious texts, allied to a grand, comparative vision of religion in society, past and present, informs a reflection, at once anxious and radical, anchored in the predicament of our own times. This combination produces a humanistic approach, devoid of grandiloquence, and this strikingly original book will be of great importance to all students of ancient religions and to historians of religion in general." -Guy Stroumsa, University of Oxford"