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Published 2012
The Day of Atonement : its interpretations in early Jewish and Christian traditions /

: Established at the center of the Torah, the instructions for the celebration of the "Day of Atonement" hold a prominent position (Leviticus 16). The language of atonement, purification and reconciliation represents the variety of concepts that both explore the complex relationships between God and man, between Yahweh and his chosen people Israel, and that set apart the place of encounter-the sanctuary. Leviticus 16 has served as the point of departure for numerous religious and cultural practices and thoughts that have had a formative influence on Judaism and Christianity up to the present day. The essays in this volume form a representative cross section of the history of the reception of Leviticus 16 and the tradition of the Yom ha-Kippurim.
: Proceedings of a conference held July 8-10, 2010 at Johannes Gutenberg-Universita˜t. : 1 online resource (xvi, 282 pages) : Includes bibliographical references and indexes. : 9789004216808 : 1388-3909 ; : Available to subscribing member institutions only.

Published 2010
Other worlds and their relation to this world : early Jewish and ancient Christian traditions /

: Is there a future after death and what does this future look like? What kind of life can we expect, and in what kind of world? Is there another, hopefully better world than the one we live in? The articles collected in this volume, all written by leading experts in the field, deal with the question how ancient Jewish and Christian authors describe "otherworldly places and situations". They investigate why various forms of texts were created to address the questions above, how these texts functioned, and how they have to be understood. It is shown how ancient descriptions of the "otherworld" are taking over and reworking existing motifs, forms and genres, but also that they mirror concrete problems, ideas, experiences, and questions of their authors and the first readers.
: Proceedings of a conference held Mar. 21-23, 2007 at Radboud University. : 1 online resource. : Includes bibliographical references and indexes. : 9789004190733 : 1384-2161 ; : Available to subscribing member institutions only.

Published 2010
Early Christian manuscripts : examples of applied method and approach /

: For the reconstruction of early Christianity, the lives of early Christians, their world of ideas, their ways of living, and their literature. Early Christian manuscripts - documents and literary texts - are pivotal archaeological artefacts. However, the manuscripts often came to us in fragmentary conditions, incomplete or with gaps and missing lines. Others appear to form a corpus, belong to an archive, or are connected with each other as far as theme or purpose are concerned. The present collection comprises of nine essays about individual or a set of certain manuscripts. With their essays the authors aim to present special approaches to early Christian manuscripts and, consequently, demonstrate methodically how to deal with them. The scope of topics ranges from the reconstruction of fragmentary manuscripts to the significance of amulets and from the discussion of individual fragments to the handling of the known manuscripts of a specific Christian text or a whole archive of papyri.
: 1 online resource. : Includes bibliographical references and indexes. : 9789004194342 : 1574-7085 ; : Available to subscribing member institutions only.