Apologetics in the Roman Empire: Pagans, Jews, and Christians

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9780198269861: Apologetics in the Roman Empire: Pagans, Jews, and Christians

This book is a comprehensive survey of the dialogue between pagans, Jews, and Christians in the Roman empire up to the time when Constantine declared himself a Christian. Each chapter is written by a distinguished scholar and is devoted to a single text or group of texts with the aim of identifying the probable audience, the literary milieu, and the circumstances that led to this form of writing.

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About the Author:

Mark J. Edwards is at Christ Church College, Oxford. Martin Goodman is at Wolfson College, Oxford.

Review:

`The volume offers an interesting glimpse of recent trends in English scholarship on religion in the Roman empire, and that is its strength.' Journal of Jewish Studies, vol. 211, no. 2

`Frede's essays are particularly brilliant and sympathetic, the best among generally excellent articles. Twenty-one pages of exceptionally helpful bibliography conclude the book.' David Armstrong, Religious Studies Review, Vol 27, No 2, April 2001

`a feast' David Armstrong, Religious Studies Review, Vol 27, No 2, April 2001

`As a way of catching up with the latest in research about the apologists of the ancient world, this volume is indispensable' David Armstrong, Religious Studies Review, Vol 27, No 2, April 2001

`This volume is highly recommended to historians of Greek and Roman religions and philosophy, and of Judaism and Christianity in particular.' Sarah Pearce, Reviews in Religion and Theology

`A useful introductory surveys key issues in the study of ancient apologetic while a substantial bibliography provides valuable assistance for researchers.' Sarah Pearce, Reviews in Religion and Theology

`this authoritative collection' Sarah Pearce, Reviews in Religion and Theology

`Michael Frede ... on the topic of 'Eusebius' Apologetic Writings'. Here there is perhaps the fullest and most far-reaching discussion of apologetics within the works of one author, with characteristic insight into the specifics of the problem.' Jason P. Davis, BMCR, 07.07.

`the standard of these essays is high.' Jason P. Davis, BMCR, 07.07.

`these essays, written by notable specialists ... range from interesting to provocative.' Jason P. Davis, BMCR, 07.07.

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