The Use and Dissemination of Religious Knowledge in Antiquity - Catherine Hezser

The Use and Dissemination of Religious Knowledge in Antiquity - Catherine Hezser


The Use and Dissemination of Religious Knowledge in Antiquity - Catherine Hezser

Catherine Hezser [+-]
SOAS, University of London
Catherine Hezser is Professor of Jewish Studies at SOAS, University of London. She was Professor II (visiting professor) at the University of Oslo from 2017-20. After holding a senior research fellowship at King’s College, Cambridge (1992-94) she taught at the Free University Berlin, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and Trinity College Dublin, where she was Al and Felice Lippert Professor and Director of the Herzog Centre for Jewish and Near Eastern Religions and Cultures (2000-2005). She has published books and articles on the social history and daily life of Jews in Roman and early Byzantine Palestine. Amongst he recent book publication are Rabbinic Body Language: Non-Verbal Communication in Palestinian Rabbinic Literature of Late Antiquity (Leiden and Boston: Brill, 2017) and Bild und Kontext: Jüdische und christliche Ikonographie der Spaetantike (Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2018).


This volume explores different aspects of the interaction between religious authority and lived religion in Mesopotamian religion, Judaism, and Christianity, primarily in antiquity. The contributors represent a number of disciplines, resulting in a rich tapestry woven from specific case studies. The topics covered include: the level of participation of ordinary people in ancient Mesopotamian state religion and what sort of other religious experiences were open to them; strategies embedded in the five books of Moses to create and maintain group identity and cohesion in early forms of Judaism, the production and dissemination of religious knowledge within the Qumran community, the role of the synagogue in the dissemination of religious knowledge, the Thecla tradition and women's religious knowledge in early Christianity, the interaction between rabbis and other Jews in private and public spaces in late Roman Palestine, the function of material culture in the dissemination of religious knowledge in ancient Christianity, religious knowledge and models of authority in sixth-century Gaza, folk religion (minhag) as a source of rabbinic jurisprudence, the transmission of religious knowledge publicly via schools and the concurrent private use of incantation bowls in Mesopotamia in the seventh century CE, the transmission of Jewish and Christian religious knowledge into the Qur’anic milieu at Mecca and Medina, and the role of rabbinic liturgy as a Medieval educational tool.

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Hezser, Catherine. Introduction. The Use and Dissemination of Religious Knowledge in Antiquity. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. 1-18 Aug 2021. ISBN 9781781798768. Date accessed: 15 Jun 2024 doi: 10.1558/equinox.41938. Aug 2021

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