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The Origins of the Notion in Gregory of Nyssa and its Influence unto the Italian Renaissance
This book explores the invention, significance and actual history of self-creative freedom from Late Antiquity to the Renaissance.
Gregory of Nyssa, the great Cappadocian Father of the IV century, is not as yet deemed one of the outstanding figures in our Histories of Philosophy. However, this monograph argues that his remarkable theories of freedom transcend his own time and, traversing centuries of Medieval and Byzantine history, they become one of the core theoretical inspirations for the anthropological revolution of the Quattrocento, as evinced in eminent philosophers such as Nicholas of Cusa and Giovanni Pico della Mirandola. Our research methodology integrates a thorough study of the Greek and Latin sources ‒ resorting to Philology, Palaeography and Codicology ‒ with a systematic historical and philosophical analysis of different theories and argumentative strategies.
Salo W. Baron was considered the greatest Jewish historian of the twentieth century. He laid the ground work for how Jews perceive themselves and are perceived by others. The present series publishes new perspectives in the research on the Jewish experience of both distinguished and aspiring scholars who continue Salo Baron’s work. Contributions to the series focus on the relationship of Jews and non-Jews and perceptions and understandings of Judaism, including but not limited to the history, culture, religion, and institutions of the Jewish people, as well as on their persecution.
Leading historians examine the meaning of being Jewish from early-modern times to the present day.
Classification is an inherent feature of all societies. The distinction between Jews and non-Jews has been a major theme of Western society for over two millennia. In the middle of the twentieth century, dire consequences were associated with being Jewish. Even after the Shoah, the labelling of Jews as “other” continued. In this book, leading historians including Michael Brenner, Elisheva Carlebach and Michael Miller illuminate the meaning of Jewishness from pre-modern and early-modern times to the present day. Their studies offer new perspectives on constructing and experiencing Jewish identity.
The articles in the book show that today’s Orthodox theology is constructively relating to modernity in politics, society and culture.
In 20 articles very prominent Orthodox theologians and experts on Orthodox theology and Orthodox Christianity from academic fields like sociology of religion or political studies are discussing, in what sense politics, society and culture are considered in Orthodox Theology in a global horizon. Contributors are Alfons Brüning, Ina Merdjanova, Nathaniel Wood, Cyril Hovorun, Dimitrios Moschos, Lucien Turcescu, K. M. George (Kondortha), Pantelis Kalaitzidis, Branko Sekulić, Georgios Vlantis, Nikolaos Asproulis, Atanas Slavov, Sveto Riboloff, Haralambos Ventis, Ioannis Kaminis, Irena Pavlović, Athanasios N. Papathanasiou, Chris Durante, Kateřina Kočandrle Bauer, Vasilios N. Makrides.
This study brings together all ancient evidence to tell the story of the divine name, YHWH, as it travels in Aramaic, Hebrew, and Greek through the Second Temple period, the most formative era of Judaism.
During the Second Temple period (516 BCE–70 CE), Jews became reticent to speak and write the divine name, YHWH, also known by its four letters in Greek as the tetragrammaton. Priestly, pious, and scribal circles limitted the use of God’s name, and then it disappeared. The variables are poorly understood and the evidence is scattered. This study brings together all ancient Jewish literary and epigraphic evidence in Aramaic, Hebrew, and Greek to describe how, when, and in what sources Jews either used or avoided the divine name. Instead of a diachronic contrast from use to avoidance, as is often the scholarly assumption, the evidence suggests diverse and overlapping naming practices that draw specific meaning from linguistic, geographic, and social contexts.
Eine Perspektiverweiterung der Komparatistik an Fallbeispielen religiöser Bildung in Frankreich
Transnationale Forschungszugänge sind im Horizont der Globalisierung und Europäisierung der Bildung von großer Bedeutung – auch für die Historische Religionspädagogik.
Bislang dominieren komparative Zugänge in der Historischen Religionspädagogik, um andere Nationen wie Frankreich zu untersuchen. Dieser klassische Forschungsansatz ist von der Notwendigkeit eines tertium comparationis, also einem gemeinsamen Phänomen oder einer vergleichbaren Struktur, geprägt. Die exemplarische Untersuchung der Grenzregion Elsass-Mosel zeigt, dass transnationale Forschungsperspektiven die Methodologie der Historischen Religionspädagogik erweitern können. Dazu werden ausgewählte Quellen von 1885 bis 2013 mit Perspektiven der Kulturtransferforschung, Theorie des Dritten Raumes und Translation Studies analysiert. Ihre Betrachtung lässt auch Überlegungen zu Themen wie Stereotypen, Machtverhältnissen und Übersetzungsnotwendigkeiten religiöser Sprache für den gegenwärtigen Religionsunterricht zu.
Biblische Perspektiven in Krisen und Ängsten unserer Zeit. Band 1
Der Band analysiert, reflektiert und bearbeitet im Gespräch mit biblischen Texten gegenwärtige gesellschaftliche Konflikte und Problemlagen. Der erste von zwei Bänden thematisiert aktuelle gesellschaftliche Gefährdungen und Tendenzen wachsender Diskriminierung und Gewalt.
Theolog:innen verschiedener theologischer Fachgebiete erarbeiten Zuversichtsargumente auf Basis der Interpretation biblischer Texte, Denkweisen, Haltungen und Überzeugungen, die argumentativen Erschließungscharakter in Diskursen und Problemlagen der Gegenwart entfalten. Die Zuversichtsargumente zeigen biblische Perspektiven auf, die angesichts nachvollziehbarer Gefühle von Ohnmacht, Hoffnungslosigkeit, Angst und Verzweiflung, aber auch angesichts von Tendenzen grassierender Irrationalismen, Radikalisierung und Gesprächsverweigerung Kontrapunkte ins Spiel bringen, weil biblisches Denken die Möglichkeit eines Umdenkens (metánoia) und damit Perspektiven für produktive und heilsame Veränderungen eröffnet.
Studies in Interreligious and Intercultural Relations
Currents of Encounter invites scholarly contributions that utilize interreligious, intercultural, comparative, postcolonial, and other contemporary critical interdisciplinary approaches from across all religious traditions, to address topical questions on the challenges and opportunities arising from intercultural/interreligious engagements, or the intersections of cultures and religions.

Studies dealing explicitly with the dynamics of the intersection of religious and cultural traditions are increasing every year, and scholars have become aware of the complexity and diversity of interreligious and intercultural relations. Recent literature offers a broad panoply of theoretical approaches from theologies of religions to comparative theologies, from discourse analysis to a postcolonial critique focusing on issues of power, from feminist readings asking about the specific role of women in interreligious dialogue to interreligious hermeneutics exploring how meaning may travel across cultural and religious traditions. Currents of Encounter welcomes this variety of works in these disciplines and from interdisciplinary perspectives aiming thus to contribute to a better understanding of the complexities of interreligious and intercultural themes. The board welcomes both monographs and edited volumes.
Possible domains:
- interreligious studies
- intercultural theology and philosophy
- comparative theology and philosophy
- theologies of religions
Comparisons – Coalitions – Critiques
Political and Public Theologies: Comparisons – Coalitions – Critiques seeks to provide a forum for critical and constructive engagements with the significance of theologies for the public square. Connecting the increasingly interdisciplinary fields of political and public theology, the series is interested in the impact that theologies have on public issues and the impact that public issues have on theologies, both theoretically and practically. PPT invites publications from established and emerging scholars that engage with the significance of theologies for the public square from (1) comparative angles that facilitate inter-religious studies, (2) coalitional angles that foster inter-religious solidarities, and (3) critical angles that re-formulate theology as a resource for contemporary controversies. PPT is published in cooperation with the Centre for Theology and Public Issues (CTPI), University of Edinburgh, Scotland, UK.
RaT Book Series ist eine interdisziplinäre und internationale Buchreihe mit peer-review Verfahren. Sie wurde 2012 gegründet und wird seit 2022 bei BRILL verlegt. Das Ziel der Buchreihe besteht in der wissenschaftlichen Thematisierung des Einflusses von Religionen auf kulturelle, politische, rechtliche, ästhetische und geistige Dynamiken in globalisierten Gesellschaften. Umgekehrt wird die Bedeutung von aktuellen gesellschaftlichen Transformationsprozessen auf Religionen und religiöse Ausdrucksformen untersucht. Die Wechselwirkung von religiösen und gesellschaftlichen Veränderungen verlangt ein Zusammenwirken unterschiedlicher wissenschaftlicher Disziplinen und eröffnet eine Sphäre interdisziplinärer Forschung, die in dieser Buchreihe Raum erhalten soll. Sowohl Theologien verschiedener Konfessionen und Religionen (Katholisch, Orthodox, Evangelisch, Islamisch, Alevi) als auch Religionswissenschaft, Religionsphilosophie, Religionssoziologie, Rechtswissenschaft, Sozialwissenschaft, Judaistik, Islamwissenschaft, Indologie, Tibet- und Buddhismuskunde etc. sind Teil dieses gemeinsamen Projektes. Seit 2018 wird auch die Reihe „Studying Jihadism“ innerhalb der RaT Book Series fortgesetzt.

RaT Book Series is an interdisciplinary and international book series with a peer-review process. It was established in 2012 and has been published by BRILL since 2022. The aim of the book series is to scientifically address the influence of religions on cultural, political, legal, aesthetic and spiritual dynamics in globalised societies. Conversely, the significance of current social transformation processes on religions and religious forms of expression is examined. The interaction of religious and societal changes requires a collaboration of different academic disciplines and opens up a sphere of interdisciplinary research which shall be promoted by this book series. Theologies of different denominations and religions (Catholic, Orthodox, Protestant, Islamic, Alevi) as well as religious studies, philosophy of religion, sociology of religion, law, social science, Jewish studies, Islamic studies, Indology, Tibetan and Buddhist studies, etc. are part of this joint project. Since 2018, the series “Studying Jihadism” has also been continued within the RaT Book Series.