The World of the Acts of the Apostles
Magic and Paganism in Early Christianity
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World of the Acts of the Apostles by Hans-Josef Klauck
Book DescriptionMany forms of magic and paganism were practiced at the time of Jesus. What were these practices, and how did the first Christians react to them? Hans-Josef Klauck, an expert in the cultic practices of the region, describes this world into which Christianity was born and relates to it the many experiences of the first Christians recorded in Acts. Peter, for example, encounters the Samaritan magician Simon; Paul meets the Jewish magician Bar-Jesus; the people in Lystra want to offer a sacrifice to Paul and Barnabas; a soothsaying slave girl is the occasion of conflict in Philippi; in Athens, Paul finds the city full of idols but also discovers an altar to an unknown god; in Ephesus, some burn their books of magic formulae, while other provoke a riot in the name of Artemis. Professor Klauck provides an account of these phenomena and their significance for Christianity historically and today
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780567089625
(216mm x 138mm x 12mm)
Imprint: T.& T.Clark Ltd
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Publish Date: 1-Apr-2003
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Hans-Josef Klauck
Apocryphal Acts of the Apostles, Paperback (September 2008)
Offers an introduction to the topic of the "Apocryphal Acts". This book helps in understanding the complex relations between these works themselves and to the canonical books. It discusses both the main apocryphal "Acts", such as the "Acts of John", "Paul", and "Peter", and other works, including the "Acts of Philip", "Bartholomew", and "Matthew".
Apocryphal Gospels, Paperback (November 2003)
This volume provides a comprehensive introduction to the apocryphal gospels - the biblical and related writings which do not form part of the accepted canon of Scripture.
Religious Context of Early Christianity, Paperback (April 2003)» View all books by Hans-Josef Klauck
This is a comprehensive guide to the world of religion in the Graeco-Roman environment of early Christianity. The volume paints a carefully nuanced portrait of the Christians' religious context.
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