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Society of Biblical Literature
This collection of essays continues the investigation of religious experience in early Judaism and early Christianity begun in Experientia, Volume 1, by addressing one of the traditional objections to the study of experience in antiquity. The authors address the relationship between the surviving evidence, which is textual, and the religious experiences that precede or ensue from those texts. Drawing on insights from anthropology, sociology, social memory theory, neuroscience, and cognitive science, they explore a range of religious phenomena including worship, the act of public reading, ritual, ecstasy, mystical ascent, and the transformation of gender and of emotions. Through careful and theoretically informed work, the authors demonstrate the possibility of moving from written documents to assess the lived experiences that are linked to them. The contributors are István Czachesz, Frances Flannery, Robin Griffith-Jones, Angela Kim Harkins, Bert Jan Lietaert Peerbolte, John R. Levison, Carol A. Newsom, Rollin A. Ramsaran, Colleen Shantz, Leif E. Vaage, and Rodney A. Werline.

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From meetings of the Society's Religious Experience in Early Judaism and Early Christianity Section, 11 essays reflect efforts to revise and reinvigorate the understanding of religious experience. The notion underlying this and the first volume is that the texts that are the sources of scholarship in early Judaism and early Christianity are often motivated by some religious experience of the author or the community. The topics include the experience of God's paideia in the Psalms of Solomon, religious experience and social dynamics in the Corinthian Church, ideology and experience in the Greek life of Adam and Eve, Romans as a therapeutic letter, and two case studies of religious experience in the Dead Sea Scrolls. The Society of Biblical Literature publishes the paperbound edition; Brill publishes the hardbound. Annotation ©2013 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Publisher: Atlanta, GA : Society of Biblical Literature, ©2008-<2012>
v. 2- : Leiden ; Boston : Brill
ISBN: 9781589836709
Characteristics: 1 online resource


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