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Religions of the Hellenistic-Roman Age - Antonia Tripolitis

Religions of the Hellenistic-Roman Age

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Religions of the Hellenistic-Roman Age traces the development of the principal Western religions and their philosophical counterparts from the beginnings of Alexander the Great's empire in 331 B.C.E. to the emergence of the Christian world in the fourth century C.E.

Antonia Tripolitis, a respected scholar of Late Antiquity, examines the rise of the Hellenistic-Roman world and presents a comprehensive overview of its beliefs and practices, their socio-psychological and historical development, and the reasons for their success or failure. Her work explores Mithraism, Hellenistic Judaism, Christianity, and Gnosticism as well as the philosophies of Stoicism, Epicureanism, and Middle Platonism. It also includes a review of the principal mystery cults, Demeter at Eleusis, Dionysus, Isis, and Cybele or Magna Mater.

Based on the most reliable, up-to-date research on the ancient world, this volume is valuable both as an introduction to ancient religion and as background to the study of early Christianity.

Ronald F. Hock -An excellent volume. The scope is comprehensive, the treatment is detailed and clear, and the individual sections are succinct, incisive, and authoritative. It is especially welcome to have informed introductions to such diverse phenomena as the Greek mystery cults and philosophical schools, the Jewish synagogue and Jewish wisdom and apocalyptic thought, and the origins, theological development, and eventual success of Christianity all treated clearly, fully, and comprehensively in one book -- making it ideal for students studying early Christianity or Late Antiquity in general. As a parachutist's view of the religious landscape of antiquity, this book is able to include all the major religious traditions and see the converging and diverging patterns in the ways they responded to the new world established by Alexander the Great. Highly recommended. -Expository Times -If someone is looking for one book which will tell them something about the mystery religions, Stoicism, Middle Platonism, Mithraism, Diaspora Judaism, early Christianity and Gnosticism, then this book does just that. Its strength is in its sweep and its readability.-Bryn Mawr Classical Review -A useful survey introduction to the religions of classical antiquity. The author's clarity of expression is evident on every page, as she presents the data about classical religions in a lucid, succinct and accessible manner. The book would serve very well as an undergraduate textbook. -Old Testament Essays -A splendid introduction for undergraduate students to the world of Hellenistic-Roman thought and religion.- Ronald F. Hock "An excellent volume. The scope is comprehensive, the treatment is detailed and clear, and the individual sections are succinct, incisive, and authoritative. It is especially welcome to have informed introductions to such diverse phenomena as the Greek mystery cults and philosophical schools, the Jewish synagogue and Jewish wisdom and apocalyptic thought, and the origins, theological development, and eventual success of Christianity all treated clearly, fully, and comprehensively in one book making it ideal for students studying early Christianity or Late Antiquity in general. As a parachutist's view of the religious landscape of antiquity, this book is able to include all the major religious traditions and see the converging and diverging patterns in the ways they responded to the new world established by Alexander the Great. Highly recommended. " Expository Times "If someone is looking for one book which will tell them something about the mystery religions, Stoicism, Middle Platonism, Mithraism, Diaspora Judaism, early Christianity and Gnosticism, then this book does just that. Its strength is in its sweep and its readability." Bryn Mawr Classical Review "A useful survey introduction to the religions of classical antiquity. The author's clarity of expression is evident on every page, as she presents the data about classical religions in a lucid, succinct and accessible manner. The book would serve very well as an undergraduate textbook. " Old Testament Essays "A splendid introduction for undergraduate students to the world of Hellenistic-Roman thought and religion.""

Abbreviationsp. ix
Introductionp. 1
The Hellenistic-Roman Worldp. 9
Historical Surveyp. 9
The Mystery Cultsp. 16
Demeter at Eleusisp. 17
Dionysusp. 22
Isisp. 26
Cybele--Magna Materp. 30
Religious Philosophiesp. 36
Stoicismp. 37
Epicureanismp. 39
Middle Platonismp. 41
Mithraismp. 47
The Myth and Origins of Mithrasp. 47
Mysteries of Mithrasp. 51
Influence and Development in the Hellenistic-Roman Agep. 56
Mithraism's Decline and Disappearancep. 58
Hellenistic Judaismp. 61
Historical Survey of Jewish Diaspora (597 to 331 B.C.E.)p. 61
Hellenization of the Jewish Diasporap. 64
The Septuagintp. 66
The Development of Apocalyptic and Wisdom Theology Literaturep. 68
Philo of Alexandriap. 77
The Development of the Synagoguep. 85
Christianityp. 91
Primitive Christianityp. 91
Rise of Christianityp. 92
Growth and Spread of Christianityp. 93
Christianity's Encounter with Its Social Worldp. 97
Anti-Christian Polemicsp. 99
Early Christian Apologiesp. 101
The Development of Christianity into a Systematic Religious Philosophyp. 104
Synthesis of Biblical Christianity and Platonismp. 105
Christian Platonism and its Opponentsp. 113
Success of Christianityp. 115
Gnosticismp. 119
Nature of Gnosticismp. 119
Main Tenetsp. 122
Principal Gnostic Systemsp. 125
Christianp. 125
Basilidesp. 125
Marcionp. 128
Valentinusp. 132
Non-Christianp. 135
Gnosticism's Initial Appeal and Its Disappearancep. 141
Summaryp. 143
Bibliographyp. 150
Indexp. 159
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ISBN: 9780802849137
ISBN-10: 080284913X
Audience: Children
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 176
Published: October 2001
Publisher: WILLIAM B EERDMAN CO
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.29  x 1.47
Weight (kg): 0.25