Ante Pacem

Author: Graydon F. Snyder
Publisher: Mercer University Press
ISBN: 0865548951
Release Date: 2003
Genre: History

"With this book Professor Snyder has performed an incalculable service for students of early Christianity and the world of late antiquity. He analyzes in one lavishly illustrated volume every piece of evidence that can, with some degree of assurance, be dated before the triumph of the emperor Constantine at the Milvian Bridge in 312 C.E. thrust the nascent Christian culture "into a universal role as the formal religious expression of the Roman Empire.""--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

Religious Experience in Earliest Christianity

Author: Luke Timothy Johnson
Publisher: Fortress Press
ISBN: 1451413262
Release Date:
Genre: Religion

In three fascinating probes of early Christianity - examining baptism, speaking in tongues, and meals in common - Johnson illustrates how a more wholistic approach opens up the world of healings and religious power, of ecstasy and spire - in short, the religious experience of real persons. Early Christian texts, he finds, reflect lives caught up in and defined by a power not in their control but engendered instead by the crucified and raised Messiah Jesus.

The Cross Before Constantine

Author: Longenecker
Publisher: Augsburg Fortress Publishers
ISBN: 9781451490305
Release Date: 2015-07-27
Genre: Religion

Upending a longstanding consensus, Bruce W. Longenecker presents a wide variety of material artifacts to illustrate that Christians made use of the cross as a visual symbol of their faith long before Constantine appropriated it to consolidate his power in the fourth century. Constantine did not invent the cross as a symbol of Christian faith; for an impressive number of Christians before Constantine's reign, the cross served as a visual symbol of commitment to a living deity in a dangerous world.

Building Jewish in the Roman East

Author: Peter Richardson
Publisher: Baylor University Press
ISBN: 9781932792010
Release Date: 2004
Genre: History

Archaeology has unearthed the glories of ancient Jewish buildings throughout the Mediterranean. But what has remained shrouded is what these buildings meant. Building Jewish first surveys the architecture of small rural villages in the Galilee in the early Roman period before examining the development of synagogues as "Jewish associations." Finally, Building Jewish explores Jerusalem's flurry of building activity under Herod the Great in the first century BCE. Richardson's careful work not only documents the culture that forms the background to any study of Second Temple Judaism and early Christianity, but he also succeeds in demonstrating how architecture itself, like a text, conveys meaning and thus directly illuminates daily life and religious thought and practice in the ancient world.

The Art of Visual Exegesis

Author: Vernon K. Robbins
Publisher: SBL Press
ISBN: 9780884142133
Release Date: 2017-04-28
Genre: Religion

A critical study for those interested in the intersection of art and biblical interpretation With a special focus on biblical texts and images, this book nurtures new developments in biblical studies and art history during the last two or three decades. Analysis and interpretation of specific works of art introduce guidelines for students and teachers who are interested in the relation of verbal presentation to visual production. The essays provide models for research in the humanities that move beyond traditional disciplinary boundaries erected in previous centuries. In particular, the volume merges recent developments in rhetorical interpretation and cognitive studies with art historical visual exegesis. Readers will master the tools necessary for integrating multiple approaches both to biblical and artistic interpretation. Features Resources for understanding the relation of texts to artistic paintings and images Tools for integrating multiple approaches both to biblical and artistic interpretation Sixty images and fifteen illustrations

Irish Jesus Roman Jesus

Author: Graydon F. Snyder
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
ISBN: 1563383853
Release Date: 2002-01-01
Genre: Religion

Graydon Snyder tells the story of two different Christianties - the Roman and the Celtic. He traces the ancient path of the Celts, wandering from Galatia, in what is now Turkey, to Ireland. In Galatia, their practices and beliefs did not fit with Paul's teaching and interpretation of the Jesus tradition. The Celts, for example, did not believe human nature was corrupt, but instead affirmed essential human goodness and focused on the compassionate elements of the Jesus tradition.

The Cave of John the Baptist

Author: Shimon Gibson
Publisher: Image
ISBN: 9780385512558
Release Date: 2004-08-17
Genre: Social Science

The first archaeological evidence of the historical reality of the Gospel story. From a historical point of view, the uniqueness of this cave is that it contains archaeological evidence that comes to us from the very time of the personalities and events described in the Gospels. For here is the largest ritual bathing pool ever found in the Jerusalem area, and found in the village where John the Baptist was born, showing unmistakable signs of ritual use in the first century AD. Also in the cave is the earliest ever Christian art, depicting John the Baptist as well as the three crosses of the crucifixion. By using the forensic techniques available to the modern archaeologist, Gibson and his international team have been able to draw information from the drawings, pottery, coins, bones, remains of ritual fire and pieces of cloth found in the cave and match these up with the contemporary literary sources. This is a unique opportunity to build up a picture of the very first Christians, how they lived and even what they believed. As Gibson writes: “By fitting together the new archaeological facts with the historical information available (and sometimes buried) in scholarly literature, I believe I am able to throw an amazing amount of light on the personality and mission of John the Baptist. Who was he? Where did he come from? What were his beliefs and what was the baptism all about?” From the Hardcover edition.

The People are Holy

Author: Graydon F. Snyder
Publisher: Mercer University Press
ISBN: 0865549524
Release Date: 2005
Genre: Religion

Using biblical and historical data, this book first describes the biblical and theological basis for worship in the Free Church tradition, then shows how this tradition is expressed in worship at special occasions as well as in traditional services.

New Age Menace

Author: David N. Balmforth
Publisher: Cedar Fort
ISBN: 088290535X
Release Date: 1997-07-01
Genre: New Age movement

As Christ's millennial reign rapidly approaches, the evil one is greatly intensifying his efforts against mankind. Much of his last-days effort is being focused through the New Age Movement.This book carefully defines the New Age movement's goals, and it shows how they coincide with the goals of Satan. It explains how Satanic spirits inspire New Age thought and exposes the ultimate plan of the New Age movement: world-wide government and financial control and a new world religion.This book will help Latter-day Saints and other Christians to understand the importance of being alert, aware, and separated from these New Age individuals, groups, and philosophies whose actions, teachings and agendas are anti-Christ.

Sacred Power Sacred Space

Author: Jeanne Halgren Kilde
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0199718105
Release Date: 2008-07-21
Genre: Religion

Jeanne Halgren Kilde's survey of church architecture is unlike any other. Her main concern is not the buildings themselves, but rather the dynamic character of Christianity and how church buildings shape and influence the religion. Kilde argues that a primary function of church buildings is to represent and reify three different types of power: divine power, or ideas about God; personal empowerment as manifested in the individual's perceived relationship to the divine; and social power, meaning the relationships between groups such as clergy and laity. Each type intersects with notions of Christian creed, cult, and code, and is represented spatially and materially in church buildings. Kilde explores these categories chronologically, from the early church to the twentieth century. She considers the form, organization, and use of worship rooms; the location of churches; and the interaction between churches and the wider culture. Church buildings have been integral to Christianity, and Kilde's important study sheds new light on the way they impact all aspects of the religion. Neither mere witnesses to transformations of religious thought or nor simple backgrounds for religious practice, church buildings are, in Kilde's view, dynamic participants in religious change and goldmines of information on Christianity itself.

Jesus the Magician

Author: Smith, Morton
Publisher: Hampton Roads Publishing
ISBN: 9781571747150
Release Date: 2014-08-27
Genre: Religion

"A twentieth-century classic, uncannily smart, incredibly learned."--from the foreword by Bart Ehrman This book challenges traditional Christian teaching about Jesus. While his followers may have seen him as a man from heaven, preaching the good news and working miracles, Smith asserts that the truth about Jesus is more interesting and rather unsettling. The real Jesus, only barely glimpsed because of a campaign of disinformation, obfuscation, and censorship by religious authorities, was not Jesus the Son of God. In actuality he was Jesus the Magician. Smith marshals all the available evidence including, but not limited to, the Gospels. He succeeds in describing just what was said of Jesus by "outsiders," those who did not believe him. He deals in fascinating detail with the inevitable questions. What was the nature of magic? What did people at that time mean by the term "magician"? Who were the other magicians, and how did their magic compare with Jesus' works? What facts led to the general assumption that Jesus practiced magic? And, most important, was that assumption correct? The ramifications of Jesus the Magician give new meaning to the word controversial. This book recovers a vision of Jesus that two thousand years of suppression and polemic could not erase. And--what may be the central point of the debate--Jesus the Magician strips away the myths and legends that have obscured Jesus, the man who lived.

Understanding Early Christian Art

Author: Robin Margaret Jensen
Publisher: Psychology Press
ISBN: 9780415204545
Release Date: 2000
Genre: Art

Understanding Early Christian Art is designed for students of both religion and of art history. It makes the critical tools of art historians accessible to students of religion, to help them understand better the visual representations of Christianity. It will also aid art historians in comprehending the complex theology, history and context of Christian art. This interdisciplinary and boundary-breaking approach will enable students in several fields to further their understanding and knowledge of the art of the early Christian era. Understanding Early Christian Art contains over fifty images with parallel text.

Announcing the Feast

Author: Jason McFarland
Publisher: Liturgical Press
ISBN: 9780814662625
Release Date: 2012-02-01
Genre: Religion

How does the entrance song of the Mass function within the Roman Rite? What can it express theologically? What should Roman Catholics sing at the beginning of Mass? In this groundbreaking study, Jason McFarland answers these and other important questions by exploring the history and theology of the entrance song of Mass. After a careful history of the entrance song, he investigates its place in church documents. He proposes several models of the entrance song for liturgical celebration today. Finally, he offers a skillful theological analysis of the entrance song genre, focusing on the song for the Holy Thursday Evening Mass-arguably the most important entrance song of the entire liturgical year. Announcing the Feast provides the most comprehensive treatment of the Roman Rite entrance song to date. It is unique in that it bridges the disciplines of liturgical studies, musicology, and theological method.

A Companion to Families in the Greek and Roman Worlds

Author: Beryl Rawson
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 1444390759
Release Date: 2010-12-09
Genre: Literary Criticism

A Companion to Families in the Greek and Roman Worlds draws from both established and current scholarship to offer a broad overview of the field, engage in contemporary debates, and pose stimulating questions about future development in the study of families. Provides up-to-date research on family structure from archaeology, art, social, cultural, and economic history Includes contributions from established and rising international scholars Features illustrations of families, children, slaves, and ritual life, along with maps and diagrams of sites and dwellings Honorable Mention for 2011 Single Volume Reference/Humanities & Social Sciences PROSE award granted by the Association of American Publishers