Religion and the Self in Antiquity
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Many recent studies have argued that the self is a modern invention, a concept developed in the last three centuries. Religion and the Self in Antiquity challenges that idea by presenting a series of studies that explore the origins, formation, and limits of the self within the religions of the ancient Mediterranean world. Drawing on recent work on the body, gender, sexuality, the anthropology of the senses, and power, contributors make a strong case that the history of the self does indeed begin in antiquity, developing as Western religion itself developed.show more

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  • Paperback | 280 pages
  • 156 x 234 x 22mm | 421.84g
  • Indiana University Press
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • 1 index
  • 0253217962
  • 9780253217967
  • 1,076,976

About Professor David Brakke

David Brakke is Professor of Religious Studies and Adjunct Professor of History at Indiana University. Michael L. Satlow is Associate Professor in the Program in Judaic Studies and the Department of Religious Studies at Brown University.Steven Weitzman, the Abraham M. Ellis Professor of Hebrew and Semitic Languages and Literature at the University of Pennsylvania and director of the Herbert D. Katz Center for Advanced Judaic Studies, is a scholar of the Hebrew Bible and early Judaism whose most recent publications include Solomon: The Lure of Wisdom and a revised edition of The Jews: A History.show more

Table of contents

ContentsAcknowledgmentsIntroductionPart I. Seeking Religious Selves1. Shifting Selves in Late Antiquity Patricia Cox Miller2. The Search for the Elusive Self in Texts of the Hebrew Bible Saul M. Olyan3. The Slave Self J. Albert Harrill4. Prayer of the Queen: Esther's Religious Self in the Septuagint Esther Menn5. Giving for a Return: Jewish Votive Offerings in Late Antiquity Michael L. Satlow6. The Self in Artemidorus' Interpretation of Dreams Peter T. StruckPart II. Sensing Religious Selves7. Sensory Reform in Deuteronomy Steven Weitzman8. Locating the Sensing Body: Perception and Religious Identity in Late Antiquity Susan Ashbrook Harvey9. Dialogue and Deliberation: The Sensory Self in the Hymns of Romanos the Melodist Georgia FrankPart III. Teaching Religious Selves10. From Master of Wisdom to Spiritual Master in Late Antiquity Guy G. Stroumsa11. The Beastly Body in Rabbinic Self-Formation Jonathan Schofer12. Making Public the Monastic Life: Reading the Self in Evagrius Ponticus' Talking Back David Brakke13. The Student Self in Late Antiquity Edward WattsContributorsIndexshow more

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