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Reflections on Religious Individuality

Greco-Roman and Judaeo-Christian Texts and Practices

Ed. by Rüpke, Jörg / Spickermann, Wolfgang

Series:Religionsgeschichtliche Versuche und Vorarbeiten 62

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    July 2012
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    Aims and Scope

    This volume will concentrate its search for religious individuality on texts and practices related to texts from Classical Greece to Late Antiquity. Texts offer opportunities to express one’s own religious experience and shape one’s own religious personality within the boundaries of what is acceptable. Inscriptions in public or at least easily accessible spaces might substantially differ in there range of expressions and topics from letters within a sectarian religious group (which, at the same time, might put enormous pressure on conformity among its members, regarded as deviant by a majority of contemporaries). Furthermore, texts might offer and advocate new practices in reading, meditating, remembering or repeating these very texts. Such practices might contribute to the development of religious individuality, experienced or expressed in factual isolation, responsibility, competition, and finally in philosophical or theological reflections about “personhood” or “self”. The volume develops its topic in three sections, addressing personhood, representative and charismatic individuality, the interaction of individual and groups and practices of reading and writing. It explores Jewish, Christian, Greek and Latin texts.

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    vi, 268 pages
    Type of Publication:
    Ancient Religion; Personhood; Individuality; Judaism; Christianity

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    Jörg Rüpke and Wolfgang Spickermann, Max Weber Center, University of Erfurt, Germany.


    "The stimulating collection raises expectations for further contributions from the Erfurt research group."
    Brent Nongbri in: BMCR 2013.07.10

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