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International Review for the History of Religions

NVMEN publishes papers representing the most recent scholarship in all areas of the history of religions ranging from antiquity to contemporary history. It covers a diversity of geographical regions, and religions of the past as well as of the present. The approach of the journal to the study of religion is strictly non-confessional. While the emphasis lies on empirical, source-based research, typical contributions also address issues that have a wider historical or comparative significance for the advancement of the discipline. Numen also publishes papers that discuss important theoretical innovations in the study of religion and reflective studies on the history of the discipline. The journal publishes book reviews and review articles to keep professionals in the discipline updated about recent developments.

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David Flusser

SALVATION PRESENT AND FUTURE BY DAVID FLUSSER Jerusalem Since Albert Schweitzer, the importance of eschatology for original Christianity has rightly been stressed. Later, a further point entered the scholarly discussion: If Christianity at its very beginnings expected that "the present

Carole M. Cusack

Christoph Bochinger and Jörg Rüpke (eds), (2017) Dynamics of Religion: Past and Present; Proceedings of the XXI World Congress of the International Association for the History of Religions . Berlin: DeGruyter. ix + 296 pp. ISBN 9783110450934 (hbk.) This edited volume results from the

Pia Andersson

mainly came to do religious rituals on the mound. These visits had become an integral part of the archaeologists’ daily life, just as they had become used to visits from film teams, journalists, and local and distant tourists. In 2003 additional panels were put up in the nearby visitor center, presenting

Anders Klostergaard Petersen

extreme sports as well as in arts (Marina Abramović’s The Artist Is Present is a telling case). In the modern, secularized world, asceticism is expressed in the variety of bodily exercises found outside the more narrow sphere of religion as traditionally defined; but rather than seeing this in contrast

Guillaume Dye

from the idea present in the former text. In Q 70, what is implied is unceasing prayer (this explains the singular in Q 70:34 — there is only one prayer to guard, since it is always the same, unceasing prayer), whereas Q 23:9 refers to several prayers — probably three daily prayers. This idea of

Juan Adolfo Vazquez

THE PRESENT STATE OF RESEARCH IN SOUTH AMERICAN MYTHOLOGY Since it is impossible to present South American mythology as a unified whole, for no such unity exists, 1 or as the isolated lore of each tribe, 2 because this would be an endless task, we shall confine our attention to a select number

Tadeusz Margul

PRESENT-DAY WORSHIP OF THE COW IN INDIA BY TADEUSZ MARGUL Lublin, Poland Animal worship in India does not extend its scope to all the kinds of living creatures represented there, as it did in Ancient Egypt. It favours rather a small number of animals: firstly the zebu, then the hulman ape

Zeev Gries

HASIDISM: THE PRESENT STATE OF RESEARCH AND SOME DESIRABLE PRIORITIES ZEEV GRIES The Hasidic movement founded by R. Israel ben Eliezer, Master of the Holy Name (the Besht), has commanded the interest of scholars in the fields of history, literature, and the study of religious beliefs and

Michiaki Okuyama

against Shimazono’s thesis, I will try to extract its positive implication under the present religio-political context in order to show the merits of his position. 2 Shimazono on State Shinto in the Postwar Context Here I summarize some features of Shimazono’s argument regarding State Shinto and examine