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    DescriptionThis book contributes to the small but growing literature on the interaction between religion and power in antiquity. Edwards focuses on the eastern 'Greek' provinces in the first and second centuries A.D. - the period during which Christianity, Judaism, and numerous other religions and cults exploded across the Roman Empire. His purpose is to show how the local elite classes appropriated and manipulated mythic and religious images and practices to establish and consolidate their social, political, and economic power. Edwards considers both archaeological and literary evidence. He examines coins, epigraphs, statuary, building complexes, mosaics, and paintings from across Asia Minor and Syria-Palestine looking for evidence of sponsorship by local elites and the meaning of such sponsorship. On the literary side, Edwards selects one representative figure from each of the three major religio-cultural traditions: the Greek writer, Chariton of Aphrodisias; the Jewish historian, Josephus; and the Christian evangelist, the author of Luke Acts. He illustrates how each writer's use of religion reflects the interaction of local elite groups with the 'web of power' that existed in political, cultural, and social spheres of the Roman Empire.


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    Title
    Religion and Power
    Subtitle
    Pagans, Jews and Christians in the Greek East
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Douglas R. Edwards
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 248
    Width: 161 mm
    Height: 243 mm
    Thickness: 21 mm
    Weight: 602 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780195082630
    ISBN 10: 019508263X
    Classifications

    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 17430
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC subject category V2: HBG
    BIC E4L: REL
    BIC subject category V2: HBJD, HBLA
    BISAC Merchandising Theme: TP028
    Ingram Spring Arbor Market: Y
    Ingram Theme: RELI/CHRIST
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T6.0
    B&T General Subject: 690
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1QDAR
    BIC time period qualifier V2: 3D
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    BIC subject category V2: JFCX
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1FBS
    BIC subject category V2: JP
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1FBP
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 01
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 01
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1QDAG
    BIC subject category V2: HRAX
    Ingram Theme: THEO/ACADEM
    LC subject heading: ,
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/ANCIEN
    Ingram Subject Code: RL
    Libri: I-RL
    Ingram Theme: CULT/GREECE
    BISAC Merchandising Theme: ET135
    Ingram Theme: CULT/MIDEST
    BISAC V2.8: REL015000
    B&T Merchandise Category: POD
    BISAC V2.8: REL017000
    B&T Approval Code: A13220000
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 35
    B&T Approval Code: A13553025
    LC subject heading:
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 07
    BISAC V2.8: HIS002010
    LC subject heading: , , ,
    BIC subject category V2: 1FBP, 3D, 1QDAR, 1QDAG, 1FBS
    DC21: 938.09
    LC subject heading: ,
    BISAC V2.8: REL033000
    LC subject heading:
    DC22: 291.093
    LC subject heading:
    DC22: 291/.093
    LC classification: BR185 .E38 1996
    Thema V1.0: JP, NHB, QRAX, NHD, JBCC9, NHC
    Publisher
    Oxford University Press Inc
    Imprint name
    Oxford University Press Inc
    Publication date
    03 August 2000
    Publication City/Country
    New York
    Review quote
    As a provocation to how we might think about the ancient world of 'pagans', Jews, and Christians, and to how we might read their 'texts', both literary and material, in ways other than we are accustomed to, Religion and Power is to be warmly commended Journal of Theological Studies
    Back cover copy
    This book contributes to the small but growing body of literature on the interaction between religion and power in antiquity. Douglas Edwards focuses on the eastern "Greek" provinces in the first and second centuries C.E. - the period during which Christianity, Judaism, and numerous other religions and cults exploded across the Roman Empire. His purpose is to show how the local elite classes appropriated and manipulated mythic and religious images and practices to establish and consolidate their social, political, and economic power. Edwards considers both archaeological and literary evidence. He examines coins, epigraphy, statuary, building complexes, mosaics, and paintings from across Asia Minor and Syria-Palestine looking for evidence of sponsorship by local elites and the meaning of such sponsorship. On the literary side, Edwards selects one representative figure from each of the three major religio-cultural traditions: the Greek writer, Chariton of Aphrodisias; the Jewish historian, Josephus; and the Christian evangelist, the author of Luke-Acts. He illustrates how each writer's use of religion reflects the interaction of local elite groups with the "web of power" that existed in political, cultural, and social spheres of the Roman Empire.