Encyclopedia of Religious and Philosophical Writings in Late Antiquity

Pagan, Judaic, Christian


The Encyclopedia of Religious and Philosophical Writings in Late Antiquity offers easily accessible introductions to the content and historical setting of the main writings of Greco-Roman paganism, early Judaism, and formative Christianity from the period of Alexander the Great to Mohammed. Examining over seven hundred ancient texts, the Encyclopedia provides for each document details of authorship and provenance, a statement of the text’s content and place within its religious tradition, a listing of editions and commentaries, and a bibliography of the pertinent scholarly literature. The Encyclopedia of Religious and Philosophical Writings in Late Antiquity is an unparalleled resource both for general readers and for scholars of ancient religion and philosophy. Originally published in hardcover.

Biographical Note

Jacob Neusner is Research Professor of Religion and Theology and a Senior Fellow of the Institute of Advanced Theology at Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, New York. He is a Life Member of Clare Hall, Cambridge University and Member of the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey. He holds sixteen honorary degrees and academic medals. Alan J. Avery-Peck is Kraft-Hiatt Professor in Judaic Studies and Chair of the Department of Religious Studies at the College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, Massachusetts. He is, along with Jacob Neusner and William S. Green, editor of the Encyclopaedia of Judaism (second revised edition, Brill, 2006). Contributors are forty-five of the top scholars in North America, Europe, Australia, and Israel in the fields of ancient religion and philosophy.

Editorial Board

Consulting EditorWilliam Scott Green EditorsRobert Berchman, Bruce Chilton, George W.E. Nickelsburg, Gary G. Porton Associate Editors Francesca Calabi, Alan Crown, Paul V.M. Flesher Contributing EditorsLouis Feldman, Ithamar Gruenwald

Review Quote

' ...a worthwile addition to a the reference collection of research libraries, and a useful complement to other encyclopedias of late antiquity. Recommended. Upper level undergraduates through faculty/resarchers; general readers. J. Schott, Choice, July 2008 ' The treatments of each text are centrist, succint and balanced. ...the strength of the volume arises from the broad spectrum of texts brought together, which outstrips the specialized knowledge of any single scholar. ... a helpful volume...' Paul Foster, Expository Times, June 2008 ' ...a useful reference tool... The treatment of the works that are included is usually of high quality. ' Christoph Stenschke, Religion and Theology, Volume 16, 2009

Table of contents

Preface List of Contributors Abbreviations Dictionary A-Z Index of Ancient Authors


General readers as well as scholars interested in religion and philosophy in late antiquity