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Reconceptualising Conversion : Patronage, Loyalty, and Conversion in the Religions of the Ancient Mediterranean - Zeba A. Crook

Reconceptualising Conversion

Patronage, Loyalty, and Conversion in the Religions of the Ancient Mediterranean

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Published: 25th August 2004
For Ages: 22+ years old
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Combining classical, epigraphical, and biblical sources with social-scientific methodology, this monograph questions the way in which modern scholarship has tended to discuss ancient conversion. The author challenges long-held assumptions of psychological continuity between ancient and modern people, and offers in place of these assumptions a model founded on the categories the ancients used themselves. Graeco-Roman and Mediterranean religions and philosophies, including Hellenistic Judaism and Christianity, framed their religion in the language of patronage / benefaction and loyalty, and thus an understanding of ancient conversion must start there.

"Crook has given us a rewarding study in ancient patronal relationships that is competent, interesting, and [...] undoubtedly correct."Carolyn Osiek in: Bryn Mawr Classical Review 2006.02.33

The influence of psychology on contemporary society and scholarshipp. 13
General reciprocity among humans and their godsp. 53
The rhetoric of patronage and benefactionp. 91
The rhetoric of patronage and benefaction in Paul's conversion passagesp. 151
Patronage and benefaction, loyalty, and conversionp. 199
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ISBN: 9783110182651
ISBN-10: 3110182653
Series: Beihefte zur Zeitschrift fur die Neutestamentliche Wissenschaft
Audience: Professional
For Ages: 22+ years old
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 325
Published: 25th August 2004
Publisher: De Gruyter
Country of Publication: DE
Dimensions (cm): 23.62 x 16.51  x 2.24
Weight (kg): 0.57