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The Making of the Abrahamic Religions in Late Antiquity

Guy G. Stroumsa

Abstract

This book presents, through a series of focused studies, how ancient Christianity must be understood from the viewpoint of the history of religions in late antiquity. The continuation of biblical prophecy runs like a thread from Jesus through Mani to Muhammad. And yet, this thread, arguably the single most important characteristic of the Abrahamic movement, often remains outside the mainstream, hidden, as it were, since it generates heresy. The figures of the Gnostic, the holy man, and the mystic are all sequels of the Israelite prophet. They reflect a mode of religiosity that is characterized ... More

Keywords: Christianity, late antiquity, Abrahamic movement, Muhammad, mode of religiosity

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780198738862
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198738862.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Guy G. Stroumsa, author
Professor Emeritus of the Study of the Abrahamic Religions, University of Oxford; Martin Buber Professor Emeritus of Comparative Religion, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem