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The Cambridge History of Religions in the Ancient World

The Cambridge History of Religions in the Ancient World

Volume 1. From the Bronze Age to the Hellenistic Age

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Michele Renee Salzman, Marvin A. Sweeney, Graham Cunningham, Tammi J. Schneider, Gary Beckman, P. Oktor Skaervo, David Wright, Denise M. Doxey, Philip C. Schmitz, Nanno Marinatos, Ian Rutherford, Emily Kearns, Nancy T. de Grummond, Jörg Rüpke, Dorothy Watts
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  • Date Published: December 2018
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781108703130

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  • The Cambridge History of Religions in the Ancient World provides a comprehensive and in-depth analysis of the religions of the ancient Near East and Mediterranean world. The fourteen essays in Volume 1 begin in the third millennium BCE with the Sumerians and extend to the fourth century BCE through the fall of the Achaemenid Persian Empire and the demise of Alexander the Great. Its contributors, all acknowledged experts in their fields, analyze a wide spectrum of textual and material evidence. An introductory essay by the General Editor sets out the central questions, themes and historical trends considered in Volumes 1 and 2. Marvin A. Sweeney provides an introduction to the chapters of Volume 1. The regional and historical orientations of the essays will enable readers to see how a religious tradition or movement assumed a distinctive local identity, even as they view its development within a comparative framework. Supplemented with maps, illustrations and detailed indexes, the volume is an excellent reference tool for scholars of the ancient Near East and Mediterranean world.

    • All essays are written by acknowledged authorities in their field of expertise
    • The regional focus of the essays makes it possible for readers to see how a religious tradition or movement assumed a distinctive local identity and compare its development both elsewhere and with other religions of the same region
    • The treatment of the subject matter is synthetic and interdisciplinary, using literary, inscriptional, archaeological and other material evidence where available
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    • Date Published: December 2018
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781108703130
    • length: 464 pages
    • dimensions: 230 x 153 x 24 mm
    • weight: 0.56kg
    • contains: 26 b/w illus. 2 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction to Volumes 1 and 2 Michele Renee Salzman
    Introduction to Volume 1 Marvin A. Sweeney
    Part I. Mesopotamia and the Near East:
    1. Sumerian religion Graham Cunningham
    2. Assyrian and Babylonian religions Tammi J. Schneider
    3. Hittite religion Gary Beckman
    4. Zoroastrianism P. Oktor Skaervo
    5. Syro-Canaanite religions: a construct of metaphors David Wright
    6. Ancient Israelite and Judean religions Marvin A. Sweeney
    Part II. Egypt and North Africa:
    7. Egyptian religion Denise M. Doxey
    8. Phoenician and Punic religion Philip C. Schmitz
    Part III. Greece and the Eastern Mediterranean:
    9. Minoan religion Nanno Marinatos
    10. Mycenaean religion Ian Rutherford
    11. Religion in the Greek world, c.750–400 BCE Emily Kearns
    Part IV. The Western Mediterranean and Europe:
    12. Etruscan religion Nancy T. de Grummond
    13. Archaic Roman religion through the Early Republic Jörg Rüpke
    14. Celtic religion in western and central Europe Dorothy Watts
    Suggestions for further reading.

  • Editors

    Michele Renee Salzman, University of California, Riverside
    Michele Renee Salzman is Professor of History at the University of California, Riverside. She is the author of three books and numerous articles, including On Roman Time: The Codex-Calendar of 354 and the Rhythms of Urban Life in Late Antiquity (1990), The Making of a Christian Aristocracy (2002) and (with Michael Roberts) The First Book of Symmachus' Letters (2011) – a translation, introduction and commentary. She is on the editorial board of the American Journal of Archaeology and on the Executive Committee of the American Academy in Rome.

    Marvin A. Sweeney, Claremont School of Theology
    Marvin A. Sweeney is Professor of Religion at the Claremont School of Theology. He is the author of nine volumes and numerous studies, including 1 and 2 Kings: A Commentary (2007) and Form and Intertextuality in Prophetic and Apocalyptic Literature (2005). He is the Editor of Hebrew Studies, the founding Editor of the Review of Biblical Literature, Co-Editor of the Forms of the Old Testament Literature commentary series, Mitarbeiter for the De Gruyter International Encyclopedia of the Bible and CEO of the Ancient Biblical Manuscript Center for Preservation and Research.

    Contributors

    Michele Renee Salzman, Marvin A. Sweeney, Graham Cunningham, Tammi J. Schneider, Gary Beckman, P. Oktor Skaervo, David Wright, Denise M. Doxey, Philip C. Schmitz, Nanno Marinatos, Ian Rutherford, Emily Kearns, Nancy T. de Grummond, Jörg Rüpke, Dorothy Watts

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