Envisioning God in the Humanities

Essays on Christianity, Judaism, and Ancient Religion in Honor of Melissa Hard Sellew

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Courtney J.P. Friesen
Westar Seminar on God and the Human Future
  • Eugene, OR: 
    Cascade Books
    , November
     344 pages.
     For other formats: Link to Publisher's Website.


The humanities offer insights into the highest (and lowest) capabilities of our own natures and, at their best, they function as prophetic champions of human dignity and as inspired celebrants of beauty. Envisioning God in the Humanities pays tribute to the career of Melissa Harl Sellew, a scholar and teacher who embodies the ideals of these academic disciplines. The collaboration of these essays attests to the potentialities for transcendence that emerge from rigorous and collective reflection on the texts, images, and ideas produced in ancient societies. Taking its cue from Professor Sellew’s own distinguished scholarship, this collection of studies begins with analyses of the New Testament Gospels, then moves more broadly toward the religious life of the ancient world as attested both in literature and materiality, among Jews and Christians, Greeks and Romans. Just as Sellew has done throughout her career, so this volume invites us into to the joy of exploring distant societies and, in so doing, into the fuller discovery of one’s own self.

About the Author(s)/Editor(s)/Translator(s): 

Courtney J.P. Friesen is Assistant Professor of Religious Studies and Classics at the University of Arizona, Tucson.


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