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Religious Identity in Late Antiquity: Greeks, Jews and Christians in Antioch (Isabella Sandwell) Hardcover Book, (Cambridge University Press, 2007) 9780521879156
Religious Identity in Late Antiquity: Greeks, Jews and Christians in Antioch (Isabella Sandwell) Hardcover Book, (Cambridge University Press, 2007) 9780521879156
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Title: Religious Identity in Late Antiquity: Greeks, Jews and Christians in Antioch

Author: Sandwell, Isabella

Publisher: Cambridge University Press; Publication Date: 2007

Hardcover; ISBN: 9780521879156

Volumes: 1; Pages: 322

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Studies of religious interaction in the fourth century A.D. have often assumed that the categories of 'pagan', 'Christian' and 'Jew' can be straightforwardly applied, and that we can assess the extent of Christianization in the Graeco-Roman period. In contrast, Dr Sandwell tackles the fundamental question of attitudes to religious identity by exploring how the Christian preacher John Chrysostom and the Graeco-Roman orator Libanius wrote about and understood issues of religious allegiance. By comparing the approaches of these men, who were living and working in Antioch at approximately the same time, she strives to get inside the process of religious interaction in a way not normally possible due to the dominance of Christian sources. In so doing she develops new approaches to the study of Libanius' religion, the impact of John Chrysostom's preaching on his audiences and the importance of religious identity to fourth-century individuals.ContentsPart I. Introduction1. Understanding religious identity in fourth century Antioch2. Imperial society, religion and literary culture in fourth century AntiochPart II. Constructed and Strategic Religious Identities and Allegiances, An Introduction3. Chrysostom and the construction of religious identities4. Libanius and the strategic use of religious allegiancePart III. Religious Identities and Other Forms of Social Identification, An Introduction5. Religious identity and other social identities in Chrysostom6. Religious allegiance and other social identities in LibaniusPart IV. Religious Identities and Social Organization, An Introduction7. Chrysostom and social structure among Christians in Antioch8. Libanius, religious allegiance and social structurePart V. Assessing the Impact of Constructions of Identity, An Introduction9. Religious identity, religious allegiance and religious practice10. Conclusion
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