Travel and Religion in Antiquity (Hardback)Philip A. Harland (editor)
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Publisher: Wilfrid Laurier University Press
Number of pages: 306
Weight: 562 g
Dimensions: 228 x 152 x 25 mm
``Philip Harland has produced an exceptionally interesting and theoretically astute collection of essays, based on the seminars of the Canadian Society of Biblical Studies and throughly in dialogue with new work like Jas Elsner and Ian Rutherford's Seeing the Gods (although too late for some of the participants to engage in Catherine Heszer's new Jewish Travel in Antiquity). In some ways the volume follows new questions in the area of New Testament studies about itinerancy and cult migration; and yet only two of the papers in the volume address New Testament materials. The collection is far more eclectic, including discussions of Mesopotamian mythology, Nabataean ritual, and Tacitus's interpretations of barbarian gods.... Harland has assembled a rich, lucid, and thought-provoking book of essays, the kind that can be recommended for general perusal rather than for a few isolated essays.'' -- David Frankfurter -- H-Judaic (H-Net Reviews), June 2012, 201207
``The importance of the relationship between travel and religion has emerged in a trickle of intriguing publications in recent years, but it remains a relatively new and under-explored field. The 12 essays collected in this volume contribute much to the discussion. They offer fresh insights and new angles on familiar material, as well as introducing some less familiar sources.'' -- Jane Heath -- Journal for the Study of the New Testament, Volume 35.5, August 2013, 201309
``The scholarship in these essays is excellent. It is evident that all of the authors know their fields well; they are well acquainted with the relevant primary and secondary literature as well as with the relevant methodologies. The manuscript as such makes an important contribution to the field. Harland's introductory essay does a superb job of placing the volume in the broader context of the field as a whole, and of showing that while the study of travel in the ancient world has been undertaken by others, this volume is likely the first to highlight the intersection of religion and travel. The volume will make a very important contribution both to the discussion of ancient travel and, even more perhaps, to the field of religion in antiquity.'' -- Adele Reinhartz, University of Ottawa, author of Jesus of Hollywood (2007) -- 201001
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