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    Religious Rivalries and the Struggle for Success in Sardis and Smyrna

    ISBN-10: 0889204721
    ISBN-13: 9780889204720
    Author(s): Richard S. Ascough
    Description: This volume, one in a series of books examining religious rivalries, focuses in detail on the religious dimension of life in two particular Roman cities: Sardis and Smyrna. The essays explore the relationships and rivalries among Jews, Christians,  More...
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    Publisher: Wilfrid Laurier University Press
    Binding: Paperback
    Pages: 376
    Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 1.00" tall
    Weight: 1.298
    Language: English

    This volume, one in a series of books examining religious rivalries, focuses in detail on the religious dimension of life in two particular Roman cities: Sardis and Smyrna. The essays explore the relationships and rivalries among Jews, Christians, and various Greco-Roman religious groups from the second century bce to the fourth century ce. The thirteen contributors, including seasoned scholars and promising newcomers, bring fresh perspectives on religious life in antiquity. They draw upon a wide range of archaeological, epigraphic, and literary data to investigate the complex web of relationships that existed among the religious groups of these two cities -- from coexistence and cooperation to competition and conflict. To the extent that the essays investigate how religious groups are shaped by their urban settings, the book also offers insights into the material urban realities of the Roman Empire. Investigating two cities together in one volume highlights similarities and differences in the interaction of religious groups in each location. The specific focus on Sardis and Smyrna is broadened through an investigation of methodological issues involved in the study of the interaction of urban-based religious groups in antiquity. The volume will be of particular interest to scholars and advanced students in Biblical Studies, Classical Studies, and Archaeology.

    Richard S. Ascough is Associate Professor of New Testament at Queen’s Theological College in Kingston, Ontario.

    Interaction among religious groups in Sardis and Smyrna
    Jewish communities in Sardis and Smyrna
    Christian communities in Sardis and Smyrna
    Greco-Roman religions in Sardis and Smyrna
    Spheres of contention, claims of pre-eminence : rivalries among associations in Sardis and Smyrna
    Some astrological motifs in the book of revelation
    The patriarchs and the zodiac : revelation
    Was Roma the scarlet harlot? : the worship of the goddess Roma in Sardis and Smyrna
    "Caring for all the weak" : polytheist and Christian charity in Sardis and Smyrna
    Martyrdom : in accordance with the gospel
    Among gentiles, Jews, and Christians : formation of Christian identity in Melito of Sardis
    Acquaintances, supporters, and competitors : evidence of inter-connectedness and rivalry among the religious groups in Sardis
    Down the road from Sardis : adaptive religious structures and religious interaction in the ancient city of Priene
    Urbanization in the Roman east and the inter-religious struggle for success
    Religious coexistence, co-operation, competition, and conflict in Sardis and Smyrna

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