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Title: Death in the Eastern Mediterranean (50-600 A. D.): The Christianization of the East: An Interpretation
Author: Samellas, Antigone
Publisher: Mohr Siebeck; Publication Date: 2002
Paperback; ISBN: 9783161476686
Volumes: 1; Pages: x, 378
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Antigone Samellas examines the modes of reception of Jesus' message of salvation. She explores the Greek and Jewish influence on Christian eschatology and traces the Hellenistic roots of Christian consolation philosophy. The author examines Christianity as a 'total therapy of grief' and highlights the differences that existed between the religious cures and the Hellenistic philosophical therapies. To gain a better understanding of the process of conversion to the new faith Antigone Samellas also investigates which aspects of Christianity were appealing and which repugnant in the eyes of pagans and Jews. Finally, she attempts to convey something of the wisdom of the East, in all its cultural and religious nuances, to the modern reader.