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Sacred Languages and Sacred Texts : Religion in the First Christian Centuries - John Sawyer

Sacred Languages and Sacred Texts

Religion in the First Christian Centuries

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Published: 31st January 2002
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This is the first comprehensive study of the role of languages and texts in the Greco-Roman religions, including Judaism and Christianity. It explores bilingualism, language learning, literacy, book production and translation, as well as some of the more explicitly religious factors, including beliefs about language, missionary zeal, ritual, conservatism, and the power of priestly establishment. By looking for parallel developments and common factors operating throughout the Roman Empire, "Sacred Languages and Sacred Texts" sheds new light on the role of the power of words, spoken and written, in religion.
First comprehensive study of the role of languages and texts in Greco-Roman religions

Acknowledgementsp. viii
Prefacep. ix
Introductionp. 1
The Language Situationp. 9
Sacred Languagesp. 23
Literacyp. 44
Canonizationp. 59
Translationp. 76
Beliefs and Controlsp. 96
Names and Numbersp. 112
Styles and Strategiesp. 129
Interpretationp. 143
Conclusionp. 162
Bibliographyp. 171
Indexp. 183
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ISBN: 9780415125475
ISBN-10: 0415125472
Series: Religion in the First Christian Centuries
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 204
Published: 31st January 2002
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 13.34  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.27
Edition Number: 1