Flourishing in the centuries around the birth of Christ, the Nabataean kingdom covered a large swathe of the north-western Arabian Peninsula and was shaped by cultural influences from the Mediterranean, Arabian and wider Semitic worlds. The Religious Life of Nabataea examines the inscriptions, sculptures and architectural remains left by worshippers in every corner of the kingdom, from the spectacular remains of the desert city of Petra to the fertile plains of southern Syria.
While previous scholarly approaches have minimised the diversity of cultic practices and traditions found in Nabataea, this study reveals a vibrant religious landscape dominated by a variety of local traditions.
Peter Alpass completed his Ph.D. in 2012 at Durham University. He has published articles and scholarly reviews on the cultural and religious history of the Near East.
"Alpass displays a good grasp of the material and manages to present it clearly and coherently, as well as exploring current issues and debates concerning the topic."
Lucy Wadeson, Université Libre de Bruxelles, STRATA: Bulletin of the Anglo-Israel Archaeological Society, Vol. 32
"This volume examines the religious, social, and geographical background of the Nabataean kingdom that covered a large swathe of the northwestern Arabian peninsula and flourished around the 1st-centuries B.C. and A.D."
New Testament Abstracts 58:2
Particularly relevant to specialists of the Greco-Roman Near East and ancient Arabia, the volume has a broader appeal for archaeologists and historians of ancient religions in general.