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’s intervention in the form of miracles left plenty of room for God to actively punish, reward, and guide the founding figures. However, the past is told differently in different sources; liturgical traditions, shrines, and pilgrimages involve the body, affect, and material culture. If we reframe these devotional

In: Fabricating Founders in Early Modern England
In: Pauline Language and the Pastoral Epistles

BOOK REVIEW Founding figures and commentators in Arabic mathematics: a history of Arabic sciences and mathematics, Vol. 1, by Roshdi Rashed, edited by Nader El-Bizri, trans- lated by Roger Wareham, with Chris Allen and Michael Barany, London, Routledge, and Center for Arab Unity Studies, Beirut

In: Contemporary Arab Affairs

founder in his contemporary cultural context” (14). In order to demonstrate what exactly the meaning of the term “founder” was in Paul’s context, and how Paul understands it and uses it (or appropriates it), Hanges looks at other founding figures of ancient Greece, focusing on specific texts that best

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This book argues that in order to understand nationalisms, we need a clearer understanding of the types of cultural myths, symbols, and traditions that legitimate them. Myths of origin and election, memories of a greater and purer past, and narratives of persecution and mission are required for the production and maintenance of powerful national sentiments. Through an investigation of how early modern Catholics and Protestants reimagined, reinterpreted, and rewrote the lives of the founder-saints who spread Christianity in England, this book offers a theoretical framework for the study of origin narratives. Analyzing the discursive construction of time and place, the invocation of forces beyond the human to naturalize and authorize, and the role of visual and ritual culture in fabrications of the past, this book provides a case study for how to approach claims about founding figures. Serving as a timely example of the dependence of national identity on key religious resources, Griffin shows how origin narratives – particularly the founding figures that anchor them – function as uniquely powerful rhetorical tools for the cultural production of regional and national identity.

relationship between human and supernatural insofar as it questioned how God’s activity in human affairs worked. How would God confirm who the real founding figures were? How would we distinguish between true martyrs and “the devil’s martyrs”? Scholars had argued over how to distinguish real from fake