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Studies in the Cult of Yahweh: Studies in the New Testament, Early Christianity, Magica

Studies in the Cult of Yahweh . 2 volumes . 1996 . ISBN 90 04 10372 4 ( set ) Vol
. 1 : Studies in Historical Method , Ancient Israel , Ancient Judaism . 1996 . ISBN
90 04 10477 1 Vol . 2 : Studies in New Testament , Early Christianity , Magica .

Author : Morton Smith

Release : 1996

Publisher : BRILL

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These two volumes collect some of the most influential and important scholarly essays by the late Morton Smith (1915-1991), for many years Professor of Ancient History at Columbia University in New York City. Smith was admired and feared for his extraordinary ability to look at familiar texts in unfamiliar ways, to re-open old questions, to pose new questions, and to demolish received truths. He practiced the "hermeneutics of suspicion" to devastating effect. His answers are not always convincing but his questions cannot be ignored. The essays of Volume I center on the Hebrew Bible ("Old Testament"), Ancient Israel and Ancient Judaism, of Volume II on the Christian Bible ("New Testament"), Early Christianity and Ancient Magic. Volume II also contains an assessment of Smith's scholarly achievement and a complete list of his publications.

Studies in the Cult of Yahweh

Ancient Magic and Ritual Power. 1995. ISBN 90 04 10406 2 SMITH, M.; CoHEN,
S.J.D. (ed.). Studies in the Cult of Tahweh. 2 volumes. 1996. ISBN 9004 103724 (
set) Vol. 1: Studies in Historical Method, Ancient Israel, Ancient judaism. 1996.

Author : Morton Smith

Release : 1995-11-01

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These two volumes collect some of the most influential and important scholarly essays by the late Morton Smith (1915-1991), for many years Professor of Ancient History at Columbia University in New York City.

From Jerusalem Priest to Roman Jew

Israel: Its Role in Civilization (New York, 1956), 67–81; repr. in idem, Studies in
the Cult of Yahweh, 2 Vols. (ed. by S. J. D. Cohen; Leiden, 1996), 1: 104–15. – “
Goodenough's Jewish Symbols in Retrospect,” JBL 86 (1967), 53–68; repr, in
idem ...

Author : Michael Tuval

Release : 2013

Publisher : Mohr Siebeck

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In this study, Michael Tuval examines the religion of Flavius Josephus diachronically. The author suggests that because Diaspora Jews could not participate regularly in the cultic life of the Jerusalem Temple, they developed other paradigms of Judaic religiosity. He interprets Josephus as a Jew who began his career as a Judean priest but moved to Rome and gradually became a Diaspora intellectual. Josephus' first work, Judean War, reflects a Judean priestly view of Judaism, with the Temple and cult at the center. After these disappeared, there was not much hope left in the religious realm. Tuval also analyzes Antiquities of the Jews, which was written fifteen years later. Here the religious picture has been transformed drastically. The Temple has been marginalized or replaced by the law which is universal and perfect for all humanity.

Brothers Estranged

Verus Israel: A Study of the Relations Between Christians and Jews in the
Roman Empire (AD 135–425), trans. Henry McKeating. Oxford: Oxford ... In
Studies in The Cult of Yahweh, ed. Shaye J. D. Cohen, 2 vols., 2.146. Leiden,
New York, and ...

Author : Adiel Schremer

Release : 2010-01-20

Publisher : Oxford University Press

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"The place that Christianity occupied in rabbinic discourse was relatively small, and the early Christians, who only gradually were relegated to the category of minim, were not its main target. Relying on the recent scholarly acceptance of the slow and measured growth of Christianity in the empire up to and even after Constantine's conversion, Schremer minimizes the attention that the rabbis paid to the Christian presence. He goes on, however, to pinpoint the parting of the ways between the rabbis and the Christians in the first third of the second century, when Christians were finally assigned to the category of heretics. Yet, throughout late antiquity, he contends, the Roman Empire was the real "significant other" for Palestinian rabbis. The religious challenge with which they were most occupied was the Empire's power and the threat it posed to the belief in God's power and divinity."--BOOK JACKET.

Ancient Gospel or Modern Forgery?

Studies in the Cult of Yahweh. 2 vols. Edited by Shaye J. D. Cohen. Religions in
the Graeco-Roman World 130.1–2. Leiden: Brill, 1996. ———. “Σύμμεικτα: Notes
on Collections of Manuscripts in Greece.” Ἐπετηρὶς Ἑταιρείας βυζανττιῶν ...

Author : Tony Burke

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In 1958, American historian of religion Morton Smith made an astounding discovery in the Mar Saba monastery in Jerusalem. Copied into the back of a seventeenth-century book was a lost letter attributed to Clement of Alexandria (ca. 150-215 CE) that contained excerpts from a longer version of the Gospel of Mark written by Mark himself and circulating in Alexandria, Egypt. More than fifty years after its discovery, the origins of this Secret Gospel of Mark remain contentious. Some consider it an authentic witness to an early form of Mark, perhaps even predating canonical Mark. Some claim it is a medieval or premodern forgery created by a monastic scribe. And others argue it is a forgery created by Morton Smith himself. All these positions are addressed in the papers contained in this volume. Nine North American scholars, internationally recognized for their contributions to the study of Secret Mark, met at York University in Toronto, Canada, in April 2011 to examine recent developments in scholarship on the gospel and the letter in which it is found. Their results represent a substantial step forward in determining the origins of this mysterious and controversial text. List of Contributors: Scott G. Brown Tony Burke Stephen C. Carlson Bruce Chilton Craig A. Evans Paul Foster Charles W. Hedrick Peter Jeffery Allan J. Pantuck Marvin Meyer Hershel Shanks

Studies in Ancient Judaism and Early Christianity

2 In this short paper I will not deal with the question of whether or not we should
identify this group with the Zealots, or the ... “Zealots and Sicarii: Their Origins
and Relations,” HTR 64 (1971) 1–19, repr. in his Studies in the Cult of Yahweh,

Author : Pieter W. van der Horst

Release : 2014-03-13

Publisher : BRILL

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The 24 papers in this volume cover a wide range of topics, all of them concerning the religious world of Judaism and Christianity in the Hellenistic, Roman, and early Byzantine era.

Jewish Messianism and the Cult of Christ

S. J. D. Cohen , Studies in the Cult of Yahweh ( 2 vols ) , Leiden , New York and
Cologne 1996 W. Speyer , ' Religiöse Betrüger ' , reprinted from Falschungen im
Mittelalter , Monumenta Germaniae Historica , Schriften Bd 33.5 , 1988 , in W.

Author : William Horbury

Release : 1998

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William Horbury demonstrates that there were more messianic beliefs in Judaism at the time of Jesus than is commonly recognised.

The Spirit World in the Letters of Paul the Apostle

Schrage , W. , Der Erste Brief an Der Korinther ( 4 vol .; EKK ; Zürick :
Neukirchener , 1991–2001 ) . ... Pauline Worship as Seen by Pagans ' , in M.
Smith , Studies in the Cult of Yahweh ( 2 vol .; Religions in the Greco - Roman
World 130 ...

Author : Guy Williams

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Guy Williams sheds light on the role of spirits in the true Pauline letters. Contrary to popular belief that spirits and spiritual beings were insignificant and trivial to Paul, Williams argues that these are inherent features of the letters. The consideration of their historical and cultural background shows that the idea of the "inhabitants of the Pauline spirit world", the angels, demons, forces and Satan, corresponds to those of the general thought. Finally, Williams draws the results of his investigation on three areas: Paul Christology, his soteriology and his idea of community. His approach allows a fresh look at the place and meaning of spiritual beings in Paul, not in the sense of a new doctrine, but as a general and cultural idiom of the Pauline texts.

The Revelation of the Name YHWH to Moses

1992 . Qumran Cave 4 , vol . 4 : Palaeo - Hebrew and Greek Biblical Manuscripts
( Discoveries in the Judaean Desert 9 ) , Oxford . Smith , M . 1996 . Studies in the
Cult of Yahweh ( edited by S . J . D . Cohen ) , vol . 2 : New Testament , Early ...

Author : Geurt Hendrik van Kooten

Release : 2006

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In this book the varied and important reception is traced which the story of the revelation of YHWH's name to Moses received in Judaism, early Christianity, and the pagan Graeco-Roman world.

Aegyptiaca Romana

Studies in the Cult of Yahweh . 2 volumes . ISBN 90 04 10372 4 ( set ) Vol . 1 :
Studies in Historical Method , Ancient Israel , Ancient Judaism . 1996 . ISBN 90
04 10477 1 Vol . 2 : Studies in New Testament , Early Christianity , and Magic .

Author : M. J. Versluys

Release : 2002

Publisher : Religions in the Graeco-Roman


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This is the first monograph of the well-known genre of Nilotic landscapes in the Roman world providing new conclusions on the genre itself as well as discussing the role and meaning of Aegyptiaca Romana in general.

Images of Others

Scholars Press Studies in the Humanities . Chico , CA : Scholars Press , 1985 .
Smith , M . “ The Common Theology of the Ancient Near East . ” Pp . 15 – 27 in
vol . 1 of Studies in the Cult of Yahweh . 2 volumes . Edited by S . J . D . Cohen .

Author : Nathaniel B. Levtow

Release : 2008

Publisher : Biblical and Judaic Studies from the University of California, San Diego


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In this volume, Nathaniel Levtow articulately interacts with Mesopotamian and Israelite iconoclastic traditions, locating Israelite polemics against cult images among a spectrum of ancient West Asian literary genres and ritual practices that target the embodied deities of political opponents. Levtow argues that Israelite parodies of Mesopotamian iconic cult were not unique expressions of aniconic monotheism but assertions of Israelite political potency during and shortly after the Babylonian Exile. By interpreting Israelite icon parodies in this context, Levtow rejects the idea of "idolatry" as a static, native Israelite descriptive category and highlights the ability of Israelite writers to compose authoritative classifications of cult that profoundly influenced ancient and modern understandings of iconic worship practices. He concludes that biblical representations of iconic cult reveal dynamic acts of Israelite social formation and exemplify the enduring power of the cult image in ancient West Asian societies.

"הלך אחר חכמים"

13 Erbse = 2 Beatrice ) ; this text was also found as an inscription 25. See the
elaborate ... On the identification of Yhwh with Dionysus in ancient sources , see
M. Smith , “ On the Wine - God in Palestine , " in Studies in the Cult of Yahweh (
ed . S. J. D. Cohen ; 2 vols .; Leiden : Brill , 1996 ) , 1 : 227-37 . 27. This term is
used in ...

Author : Jewish Theological Seminary of America

Release : 2010

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"Published for the Jewish Theological Seminary of America and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem."

Book List

ISBN ( set ) 90 04 10372 4 ; ( vol . 1 ) 90 04 10477 1 ; ISSN 0927 7633 ) SMITH ,
MORTON : Studies in the Cult of Yahweh . 2 : New Testament , Early Christianity ,
and Magic ( Religions in the Graeco - Roman World 130/2 ) . Edited Shaye J. D. ...

Author : Society for Old Testament Study

Release : 1992

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Dancing in the Streets

401–2. Ibid., pp. 406–7. Ibid., p. 402. Ibid., p.409. Quoted in ibid., p. 410. Balsdon,
p. 247. 3. JESUS AND DIONYSUS 17. 18. 19. 20. 21. . George Steiner ... Morton
Smith, Studies in the Cult of Yahweh, vol 1. . Ibid., p. 233. . Price. . Kerényi, p.

Author : Barbara Ehrenreich

Release : 2007-12-26

Publisher : Metropolitan Books

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From the bestselling social commentator and cultural historian comes Barbara Ehrenreich's fascinating exploration of one of humanity's oldest traditions: the celebration of communal joy In the acclaimed Blood Rites, Barbara Ehrenreich delved into the origins of our species' attraction to war. Here, she explores the opposite impulse, one that has been so effectively suppressed that we lack even a term for it: the desire for collective joy, historically expressed in ecstatic revels of feasting, costuming, and dancing. Ehrenreich uncovers the origins of communal celebration in human biology and culture. Although sixteenth-century Europeans viewed mass festivities as foreign and "savage," Ehrenreich shows that they were indigenous to the West, from the ancient Greeks' worship of Dionysus to the medieval practice of Christianity as a "danced religion." Ultimately, church officials drove the festivities into the streets, the prelude to widespread reformation: Protestants criminalized carnival, Wahhabist Muslims battled ecstatic Sufism, European colonizers wiped out native dance rites. The elites' fear that such gatherings would undermine social hierarchies was justified: the festive tradition inspired French revolutionary crowds and uprisings from the Caribbean to the American plains. Yet outbreaks of group revelry persist, as Ehrenreich shows, pointing to the 1960s rock-and-roll rebellion and the more recent "carnivalization" of sports. Original, exhilarating, and deeply optimistic, Dancing in the Streets concludes that we are innately social beings, impelled to share our joy and therefore able to envision, even create, a more peaceable future. "Fascinating . . . An admirably lucid, level-headed history of outbreaks of joy from Dionysus to the Grateful Dead."—Terry Eagleton, The Nation

Book Review Index 1998 Cumulation

Author : Beverly Baer

Release : 1998-10

Publisher : Gale / Cengage Learning

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'Book Review Index' provides quick access to reviews of books, periodicals, books on tape and electronic media representing a wide range of popular, academic and professional interests. More than 600 publications are indexed, including journals and national general interest publications and newspapers. 'Book Review Index' is available in a three-issue subscription covering the current year or as an annual cumulation covering the past year.

Invoking Angels

Morton Smith , “ A Note on Some Jewish Assimilationists : The Angels , " in
Studies in the Cult of Yahweh II : New Testament , Early Christianity , and Magic ,
ed . ... David R. Blumenthal , The Merkabah Tradition and the Zoharic Tradition ,
vol .

Author : Claire Fanger

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"A collection of essays examining medieval and early modern texts aimed at performing magic or receiving illumination via the mediation of angels. Includes discussion of Jewish, Christian and Muslim texts"--Provided by publisher.

International Books in Print

ii Abhinav Pubs Studies in the Archaeology and Palaeoanthropology of South
Asia / Kennedy & Possehl , Gregory L. ... fi Antiquarian Soc St ies in the Cult of
Yahweh / Smith , Morton ; ed by Cohen , Shaye J.D. - Vols also available
separately .

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The Tribes of Yahweh

Author : Norman Karol Gottwald

Release : 1979

Publisher :


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Hagar the Egyptian

Brown Judaic Studies 50. Chico , CA : Scholars ... Atlanta : Scholars Press , 1985
. Newmann , M. “ Hagar . ” In The Interpreter's Dictionary of the Bible . Vol . 2 .
Nashville : Abingdon ... Olyan , Saul M. Asherah and the Cult of Yahweh in Israel

Author : Savina J. Teubal

Release : 1990

Publisher : Harpercollins


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"In this fascinating piece of detective work, biblical scholar Savina J. Teubal peels away millennia of patriarchal distortion to reveal the lost world of great independent women at the dawn of western civilization."--Cover, p. [4].