Jonathan Z. Smith on Religion

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Christopher I. Lehrich
  • New York: 
    Routledge
    , December
     2020.
     172 pages.
     $40.45.
     E-Book.
    ISBN
    9780429020292.
     For other formats: Link to Publisher's Website.

Description

Jonathan Z. Smith (1938–2017) was unquestionably one of the most important and influential voices of critical reflection within the academic study of religion in the last century. His work explored the nature and history of religious phenomena across cultures—from ancient Jewish practices to Maori cults, from early Christianity to mass suicide in the twentieth century—while critiquing the assumptions underlying the very category of "religion."

This important volume offers the first full critical assessment of the influence of Jonathan Z. Smith’s thought on the subject of religion. Christopher I. Lehrich systematically examines and develops a critical overview that will assist others in engaging more fully with Smith’s scholarship.

This book is an essential reading for students and scholars interested in the work of Jonathan Z. Smith as well as the history of religion more broadly.

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

Christopher I. Lehrich is the author of The Language of Demons and Angels and The Occult Mind and the editor of On Teaching Religion: Essays by Jonathan Z. Smith. He was formerly Vice President of the North American Association for the Study of Religion.

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