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1. Title Title of document Acknowledgements - The Use and Dissemination of Religious Knowledge in Antiquity
 
2. Creator Author's name, affiliation, country Catherine Hezser; SOAS, University of London;
 
3. Subject Discipline(s) Religious Studies; Ancient History
 
4. Subject Keyword(s) Mesopotamian religion; Judaism; Christianity; books of Moses; religion in antiquity; Qumran; Thecla; Roman Palestine; Gaza; minhag; Mecca and Medina
 
5. Subject Subject classification religion in antiquity
 
6. Description Abstract Ancient Mesopotamian, biblical, rabbinic, and Christian literature was created and transmitted by the intellectual elite and therefore presents their world views and perspectives. This volume investigates for the first time whether and to what extent religious knowledge – e.g., “sacred” narratives, customary practices, legal rules, family traditions, festival observances -- was accessible to and known by ordinary people beyond religious functionaries.


Which contexts (e.g., family, synagogue and church, private and public study, communal rituals) enabled the dissemination and acquisition of religious knowledge beyond scholarly circles? In which forms other than written texts was such knowledge available and who (e.g., parents, teachers, scribes, rabbis, priests, monks) mediated it to a public that was largely illiterate? Can we assume that the majority of those who identified themselves as Jewish or Christian would have possessed a “working knowledge” of the respective religious traditions and customary practices? Would that knowledge have differed from one person to another, depending on gender, socio-economic status, religious commitment, and the general circumstances in which one lived?


This book is the first collaborative interdisciplinary study of this important subject area with chapters written by international experts on ancient Mesopotamia, the Hebrew Bible, Qumran literature, rabbinic literature, and early Christianity including apocrypha and monastic traditions.
 
7. Publisher Organizing agency, location Equinox Publishing Ltd
 
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9. Date (YYYY-MM-DD) 20-Aug-2021
 
10. Type Status & genre Peer-reviewed Article
 
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12. Format File format PDF
 
13. Identifier Uniform Resource Identifier https://journals.equinoxpub.com/books/article/view/43253
 
14. Identifier Digital Object Identifier 10.1558/equinox.43253
 
15. Source Journal/conference title; vol., no. (year) Equinox eBooks Publishing; The Use and Dissemination of Religious Knowledge in Antiquity
 
16. Language English=en en
 
18. Coverage Geo-spatial location, chronological period, research sample (gender, age, etc.) antiquity
 
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