Redemption and Resistance: The Messianic Hopes of Jews and Christians in Antiquity (Hardback)
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Redemption and Resistance: The Messianic Hopes of Jews and Christians in Antiquity (Hardback)

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Hardback 410 Pages / Published: 31/05/2007
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Redemption and Resistance brings together an eminent cast of contributors to provide a state-of-the-art discussion of Messianism as a topic of political and religious commitment and controversy. By surveying this motif over nearly a thousand years with the help of a focused historical and political searchlight, this volume is sure to break fresh ground. It will serve as an attractive contribution to the history of ancient Judaism and Christianity, of the complex and often problematic relationship between them, and of the conflicting loyalties their hopes for redemption created vis--vis a public order that was at first pagan and later Christian. Although each chapter is designed to stand on its own as an introduction to the topic at hand, the overall argument unfolds a coherent history. The first two parts, on pre-Christian Jewish and primitive Christian Messianism, set the stage by identifying two entities that in Part III are then addressed in the development of their explicit relationship in a Graeco-Roman world marked by violent persecution of Jewish and Christian hopes and loyalties. The story is then explored beyond the Constantinian turn and its abortive reversal under Julian, to the Christian Empire up to the rise of Islam.

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
ISBN: 9780567030436
Number of pages: 410
Weight: 750 g
Dimensions: 234 x 156 x 23 mm


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"Redemption and Resistance offers a fitting and ambitious tribute to the profound and wide-ranging scholarship of William Horbury. In twenty one succinct chapters a crew of internationally renowned scholars attempts an up to date survey of the history of Messianism from the Persian period to Christian and Jewish L ate Antiquity. The reader is introduced to major debates and methodologies of recent research on the subject. The volumes journey starts and ends in Jerusalem, on the way it traverses many different political, cultural and religious contexts in which Messianic ideas and concepts were articulated. In this way the extraordinary complexity and diversity of the various Messianisms is revealed."

Prof Dr Winrich Lohr, Universitat Heidelberg, Germany--Sanford Lakoff

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