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Many recent studies have argued that the self is a modern invention, a concept developed in the last three centuries. Religion and the Self in Antiquity challenges that idea by presenting a series of studies that explore the origins, formation, and limits of the self within the religions of the ancient Mediterranean world. Drawing on recent work on the body, gender, sexuality, the anthropology of the senses, and power, contributors make a strong case that the history of the self does indeed begin in antiquity, developing as Western religion itself developed.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. p. vii
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-12
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  1. Part I: Seeking Religious Selves
  2. pp. 13-14
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  1. 1. Shifting Selves in Late Antiquity
  2. pp. 15-39
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  1. 2. The Search for the Elusive Self in Texts of the Hebrew Bible
  2. pp. 40-50
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  1. 3. Paul and the Slave Self
  2. pp. 51-69
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  1. 4. Prayer of the Queen: Esther's Religious Self in the Septuagint
  2. pp. 70-90
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  1. 5. Giving for a Return: Jewish Votive Offerings in Late Antiquity
  2. pp. 91-108
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  1. 6. The Self in Artemidorus' Interpretation of Dreams
  2. pp. 109-120
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  1. Part II: Sensing Religious Selves
  2. pp. 121-122
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  1. 7. Sensory Reform in Deuteronomy
  2. pp. 134123-139
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  1. 8. Locating the Sensing Body: Perception and Religious Identity in Late Antiquity
  2. pp. 140-162
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  1. 9. Dialogue and Deliberation: The Sensory Self in the Hymns of Romanos the Melodist
  2. pp. 163-180
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  1. Part III: Teaching Religious Selves
  2. pp. 181-182
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  1. 10. From Master of Wisdom to Spiritual Master in Late Antiquity
  2. pp. 183-196
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  1. 11. The Beastly Body in Rabbinic Self-Formation
  2. pp. 197-221
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  1. 12. Making Public the Monastic Life: Reading the Self in Evagrius Ponticus' Talking Back
  2. pp. 222-233
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  1. 13. The Student Self in Late Antiquity
  2. pp. 234-252
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  1. Contributors
  2. pp. 253-254
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  1. Subject Index
  2. pp. 255-260
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  1. Source Index
  2. pp. 261-268
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