Marcion and the Making of a Heretic: God and Scripture in by Judith M. Lieu

By Judith M. Lieu

A finished and authoritative account of the 'heretic' Marcion, this quantity strains the improvement of the concept that and language of heresy within the environment of an exploration of second-century Christian highbrow debate. Judith M. Lieu analyses debts of Marcion by way of the key early Christian polemicists who formed the assumption of heresy, together with Justin Martyr, Irenaeus, Tertullian, Epiphanius of Salamis, Clement of Alexandria, Origen, and Ephraem Syrus. She examines Marcion's Gospel, Apostolikon, and Antitheses intimately and compares his ideas with these of up to date Christian and non-Christian thinkers, protecting quite a lot of arguable concerns: the character of God, the relation of the divine to production, the individual of Jesus, the translation of Scripture, the character of salvation, and the precise way of life of adherents. during this cutting edge research, Marcion emerges as a particular, artistic determine who addressed common matters inside second-century Christian variety.

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Severus Pius Augustus: Studien zur sakralen Repräsentation by Achim Lichtenberger

By Achim Lichtenberger

The Roman Emperor Septimius Severus (193-211 A.D.) originated from the North-African city of Lepcis Magna. His reign is noticeable as a time during which profound alterations inside Roman society grew to become glaring leading to many provincials reaching vital positions within the Roman kingdom. The publication examines this improvement from the viewpoint of a potential use of the non-Italian domestic and deities of the Emperor inside of Imperial iconographics. vital facts for which are the local deities propagated via the Emperor. The ebook extra discusses the connection of Severus in the direction of Roman gods and a potential sacralisation of the Emperor which would recommend altering attitudes in the direction of the Emperor. The latter even though needs to be seriously assessed and requested who was once liable for yes photographs. was once it the Imperial apartment or have been it different groups?

Der römische Kaiser Septimius Severus (193-211 n. Chr.) stammte aus dem nordafrikanischen Lepcis Magna. Seine Regierung wird als eine Zeit des Umbruchs charakterisiert, geprägt von einer Veränderung der römischen Gesellschaft, in die nun immer mehr Provinzialen in führende Positionen kamen und eine Verschiebung des Zentrums weg von Rom erfolgte. In dem Buch wird dieser Entwicklung aus der Perspektive der möglichen Instrumentalisierung einer nicht-italischen Heimat des Kaisers in der kaiserlichen Repräsentation nachgegangen. Wichtigstes Zeugnis dafür sind heimatliche Götter, die vom Kaiserhaus propagiert wurden. Außerdem betrachtet das Buch die religionspolitischen Schwerpunktsetzungen des Kaisers und die auf seine individual bezogenen Sakralisierungstendenzen, die auf eine möglicherweise veränderte Auffassung des Kaisertums zurückschließen lassen, wobei insbesondere zu fragen ist, ob dies auf das Kaiserhaus oder andere Gruppen zurückzuführen ist.

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Jesus, Interrupted: Revealing the Hidden Contradictions in by Bart D. Ehrman

By Bart D. Ehrman

deciding on up the place Bible specialist Bart Ehrman's New York Times bestseller Misquoting Jesus left off, Jesus, Interrupted addresses the bigger factor of what the hot testomony really teaches—and it's no longer what most folk imagine. the following Ehrman finds what students have unearthed:

* The authors of the hot testomony have diverging perspectives approximately who Jesus was once and the way salvation works

* the hot testomony includes books that have been cast within the names of the apostles by way of Christian writers who lived many years later

* Jesus, Paul, Matthew, and John all represented essentially diversified religions

* demonstrated Christian doctrines—such because the ache messiah, the divinity of Jesus, and the trinity—were the innovations of nonetheless later theologians

those will not be idiosyncratic views of only one smooth pupil. As Ehrman skillfully demonstrates, they've been the normal and common perspectives of severe students throughout an entire spectrum of denominations and traditions. Why is it most folks have by no means heard such issues? this can be the booklet that pastors, educators, and somebody drawn to the Bible were ready for—a transparent and compelling account of the primary demanding situations we are facing while trying to reconstruct the existence and message of Jesus.

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The Praise of Folly by Desiderius Erasmus, John Wilson

By Desiderius Erasmus, John Wilson

Erasmus of Rotterdam wrote the essay The compliment of Folly in the course of every week at Sir Thomas More's property in Bucklersbury. He later sophisticated and prolonged the piece. In it he personifies Folly as a god, whose partners are likewise-personified sins and human weaknesses. His paintings criticizes the Catholic Church, and culminates in an announcement of Christian beliefs. Erasmus was once a devoted Catholic, yet his textual content is taken into account a catalyst to the Protestant circulate.

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Constitution Writing, Religion and Democracy by Aslı Ü. Bâli, Hanna Lerner

By Aslı Ü. Bâli, Hanna Lerner

What function do and may constitutions play in mitigating excessive disagreements over the non secular personality of a kingdom? and what sort of constitutional recommendations could reconcile democracy with the kind of spiritual calls for raised in modern democratising or democratic states? Tensions over religion-state family are gaining expanding salience in structure writing and rewriting world wide. This e-book explores the problem of crafting a democratic structure less than stipulations of deep war of words over a state's non secular or secular id. It attracts on a huge variety of suitable case reviews of prior and present constitutional debates in Europe, Asia, Africa and the center East, and gives invaluable classes for societies quickly to embark on structure drafting or modification approaches the place faith is an argument of competition.

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Samaritans: Past and Present. Current Studies by Menachem Mor, Friedrich V. Reiterer, Waltraud Winkler

By Menachem Mor, Friedrich V. Reiterer, Waltraud Winkler

The articles during this quantity originated from lectures given in conferences dedicated to the Samaritans. the 1st was once the 6th convention of the Societe d'Etudes Samaritaines, which came about on the collage of Haifa in July 2004. the second one assembly used to be a part of the SBL overseas convention in Vienna, July 2007. the quantity displays the present country of study at the Samaritans. It provides a large spectrum of ways, together with old questions, the political, spiritual and social context of the Samaritans long ago and current, linguistic ways, the function of the Samaritans within the Talmudic literature, and questions of identification of the Samaritans during the past.

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Life, ministry, and hope (His Essentials of evangelical by Donald G Bloesch

By Donald G Bloesch

FROM dirt JACKET: necessities of Evangelical Theology is the single significant American paintings of its type to be released in different a long time. It defines, clarifies, and explores the results of a broadly-based Evangelicalism. during this moment of 2 volumes, Dr. Donald G. Bloesch takes up a number of the key matters dealing with Christianity this day; The cruciality of preaching. The priesthood of believers. The challenge of the church. Eschatology. Heaven and hell. The precise nature of Evangelical religion. As in quantity 1, Dr. Bloesch deftly balances dedication to historic religion and the hot existence present in Christ.

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The Cult of the Saints: Its Rise and Function in Latin by Peter Brown

By Peter Brown

Following the autumn of the Roman Empire within the West, the cult of the saints was once the dominant kind of faith in Christian Europe. during this elegantly written paintings, Peter Brown explores the function of tombs, shrines, relics, and pilgrimages hooked up with the sacred our bodies of the saints. He indicates how women and men dwelling in harsh and occasionally barbaric occasions relied upon the merciful intercession of the holy useless to acquire justice, forgiveness, and to discover new how you can settle for their fellows. not easy the typical remedy ofthe cult as an endemic of superstition one of the reduce sessions, Brown demonstrates how this type of religiousity engaged the best minds of the Church and elicited from individuals of the expert higher sessions a few of their so much perfect achievements in poetry, literature, and the patronage of the humanities.

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The Detection of Heresy in Late Medieval England (Oxford by Ian Forrest

By Ian Forrest

Heresy was once the main feared crime within the medieval ethical universe. It was once noticeable as a social sickness able to poisoning the physique politic and shattering the solidarity of the church. The research of heresy in past due medieval England has, thus far, centred principally at the heretics. as a result, we all know little or no approximately how this crime was once outlined by way of the churchmen who handed authoritative judgement on it.

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