Religions and Education in Antiquity

Studies in Honour of Michel Desjardins

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Editor: Alex Damm
Religions and Education in Antiquity gathers ten essays on teaching and learning in the contexts of ancient Western religions, including Judaism, early Christianity and Gnostic Christian traditions. Beginning with an overview of religious education in the ancient Near Eastern and Mediterranean worlds, editor Alex Damm and the contributors together demonstrate the mutual influence of religion and education on each other; the relevance of educational traditions in addressing (for instance) historical or exegetical issues; and the thoroughgoing importance of education to religious life across time and space in antiquity. Highly useful to scholars of religion, theology, classics and education, this volume affords a state of the art study on pedagogy and learning in ancient religious contexts.

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Biographical Note

Alex Damm, Ph.D. (2010), University of Toronto, is Instructor in Religion and Culture at Wilfrid Laurier University. He is author of Ancient Rhetoric and the Synoptic Problem (2013) and editor of Gandhi in a Canadian Context (2016).

Contributors are: William Arnal, Alex Damm, John Horman, Michael Kaler, Jack N. Lightstone, Wayne O. McCready, John L. McLaughlin, Joseph A. Novak, Mona Tokarek LaFosse.

Table of contents

Contents
Acknowledgments
Abbreviations
Notes on Contributors
Religions and Education in Antiquity: An Introduction
Alex Damm
1 Wisdom from the Wise: Pedagogical Principles from Proverbs
John L. McLaughlin
2 Education in the Sacrospace of Qumran Judaism
Wayne O. McCready
3 Late Second Temple Judaism: A Reconstruction and Re-description as a Religio-Cultural System
Jack N. Lightstone
4 Techne in Plato and the New Testament
Joseph A. Novak
5 Why Not to Pity Rome: Revelation 18:22-23a in its Ancient Educational Context
Alex Damm
6 Those Who Hear: The Power of Learners in 1 Timothy
Mona Tokarek LaFosse
7 Translation Matters: The Coptic Translation of Thomas
John Horman
8 Pedagogy, Text and the Solitary Self in the Gospel of Thomas
William Arnal
9 Praises and Rebukes in the Gnostic Revelation Dialogues
Michael Kaler

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Readership

Students of ancient western religions, theology and classics, as well as those interested in cross-cultural studids of education.

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