Scriptures, Sacred Traditions, and Strategies of Religious Subversion

Studies in Discourse with the Work of Guy G. Stroumsa

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Moshe Blidstein, Serge Ruzer, Daniel Stoki Ben Ezra
Studies and Texts in Antiquity and Christianity
  • Tübingen, Germany: 
    Mohr Siebeck
    , September
     300 pages.
     For other formats: Link to Publisher's Website.


The articles in this volume discuss polemically charged re-evaluations of the religious traditions and scriptures of the Western world, employed throughout the centuries in various religious contexts. These studies consider new religious outlooks not as glosses on inherited traditions, but as acts of power exercised in the struggle for identity: contestation, appropriation, interpretation and polemics against the religious »other«, involving, sometimes covertly, critiques of inherited tradition. The volume outlines a typology of the variety of attested strategies, highlighting cases of borderline extremes involving subversions of mainstream forms of belief as well as elucidating more moderate avenues of interaction. Most of the studies were presented at a 2016 conference in Jerusalem honouring Guy G. Stroumsa, a renowned scholar of early Christianity and Late Antiquity, recipient of many scholarly awards, including the Leopold Lucas Prize 2018.

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

Moshe Blidstein is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Martin Buber Society of Fellows, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

Serge Ruzer teaches at the Department of Comparative Religion at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and is a Research Fellow at that University's Center for the Study of Christianity.

Daniel Stökl Ben Ezra is Research Professor at the École ratique des hautes études in Paris at the Department of Language, Literature, Paleography and Epigraphy of the Hebrew and Aramaic from the fourth century BCE To the fourth century CE.



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