The Use and Dissemination of Religious Knowledge in Antiquity

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. Since 2017 she has also been Professor II (visiting professor) at the University of Oslo. She has published 8 single-authored monographs, 3 single-edited and 2 co-edited volumes, 75 single-authored articles in journals and book chapters, and 104 book reviews. Her area of specialization is the social history and daily life of Jews in Roman and early Byzantine Palestine. Amongst her most recent 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. The Use and Dissemination of Religious Knowledge in Antiquity. The Use and Dissemination of Religious Knowledge in Antiquity. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. Aug 2021. ISBN 9781781798768. Date accessed: 27 Feb 2021 doi: 10.1558/equinox.41938. Aug 2021

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