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Associations, Synagogues, and Congregations: Claiming a Place in Ancient Mediterranean Society [Paperback]

By Philip Harland (Author)
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Pages   399
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.03" Width: 6.08" Height: 0.89"
Weight:   1.22 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jul 1, 2003
Publisher   Augsburg Fortress Publishers
ISBN  0800635892  
EAN  9780800635893  


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Ephesus, Galatia, Troas, and Pergamum are familiar names to readers of the New Testament. But what made this region such fertile ground for early synagogues and congregations of those who followed Christ? How did the earliest churches and synagogues organize themselves? How did other voluntary associations operate within the Roman Empire? How did such organizations relate to the constraints of imperial religion? These are some of the questions that Philip Harland addresses in this stimulating look at first-century Roman Asia. He surveys the various forms of guilds and associations in the eastern Roman Empire. Asia Minor is one of the primary regions of Paul's journeys described in Acts, and it provided the context for several New Testament books, especially the Pastoral Epistles, 1 Peter, and Revelation. The author's fresh look at ancient inscriptions reveals new insights about the formation, operation, and functions of congregations and synagogues within the larger framework of voluntary associations in the Roman world.

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Ephesus, Galatia, Troas, and Pergamum are familiar names to readers of the New Testament. But what made this region such fertile ground for early synagogues and congregations of those who followed Christ? How did the earliest churches and synagogues organize themselves? How did other voluntary associations operate within the Roman empire? How did such organizations relate to the constraints of imperial religion? These are some of the questions that Philip Harland addresses in this stimulating look at first-century Roman Asia. He surveys the various forms of guilds and associations in the eastern Roman empire. Asia Minor is one of the primary regions of Paul's journeys described in Acts, and it provided the context for several New Testament books, especially the Pastoral Epistles, 1 Peter, and Revelation. The author's fresh look at ancient inscriptions reveals new insights about the formation, operation, and functions of congregations and synagogues within the larger framework of voluntary associations in the Roman world.

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Further Mandatory Revisionist Readings in History  Dec 20, 2006
Giving Albert Schweitzer his due for his criticism of the "first wave" of scholarship attempting to find the Jesus of history, that criticism was largely confined to the schools of theology. However, starting with the Marxist critics, the "new left" historians in the nineteen seventies, and deconstructive literary criticism, it has become all too apparent to students of history that objectivity has suffered from the foundational biases and prejudices of the scholars writing history. This realization first effected the writing of modern history and has slowly filtered down into the writing of ancient history. Last to be effected by the demands of scientific historiography for objectivity has been religious history and particularly religious history having to do with the development of the three great confessional religions. Prejudice and bias still effect way too much of what passes for scholarship in these areas of study. It comes in a variety of forms and permutations with various disparate agendas which are often hidden behind bogus pretences of objectivity.

In a radical counterpoint to the above observations, Philip A. Harland in this book provides us with a monograph that is a model of proper methodological execution coupled with a scrupulous reading of all the available primary and secondary sources relating to his topic which is concerned with Roman Asia during the first few centuries of the common era. In addition to the available primary literary sources, Harland relies on a wealth of epigraphical evidence to paint a fully fleshed out picture of the interaction of religion, society and imperial and local government. His meticulous reconstruction of the evidence points to a substantial modification of many assumptions that have influenced our view of Roman imperial history and its interface with pagan religion including the imperial cults, Judaism, and formative Christianity. The prevailing scholarly consensus has favored the notions that Roman authority was opposed to associations both occupational and religious at this time, that Judaism and Christianity were both sects, and that the imperial cults were nothing more than empty political exercises without religious meaning. Furthermore, Harland broadly questions the conclusion that Christianity was persecuted as a matter of imperial policy under Domitian and his immediate successors in anything more than isolated form.

How successful is Harland's critique of scholarly conventional wisdom in the above matters? Extremely and persuasively is the short answer. Critical acclaim for this book in scholarly circles has been long and loud. Earlier work by T. D. Barnes on Tertullian indicated that persecution of Christians was not systematic under the Empire during the period under consideration. My reading of Eusebius's history leads to the same conclusion which I have pointed out elsewhere. And Ittai Gradel's significant book, "Emperor Worship and Roman Religion," written after this book comes to conclusions very similar to those of Harland. Admittedly Gradel's work deals with events on the Italian Peninsula, however, its conclusions strongly reinforce Harland's interpretations. Full consideration of all the NT literature pertinent to the topics at issue in this study including the Pastorals, Pauline epistles, 1 Peter and the Revelation of John is provided with incisive insight by Harland. This book constitutes a major step forward in our understanding of the history of Christian origins. The bibliography is stunningly complete. I most highly recommend this book to any person with a deep interest in early Church and Roman imperial history and the patience to read a closely reasoned and exhaustive monograph. Both Luke Timothy Johnson and Willian E. Arnal both recommend this book most highly. That is an amazing endorsement from scholarly polar opposites.
 

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