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Experientia, Volume 2: Linking Text and Experience
Shantz, Colleen and Rodney A. Werline, editors

Atlanta: Society of Biblical Literature, 2012 pp. x + 285. $26.95

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Description: This collection of essays continues the investigation of religious experience in early Judaism and early Christianity begun in Experientia, Volume 1, by addressing one of the traditional objections to the study of experience in antiquity. The authors address the relationship between the surviving evidence, which is textual, and the religious experiences that precede or ensue from those texts. Drawing on insights from anthropology, sociology, social memory theory, neuroscience, and cognitive science, they explore a range of religious phenomena including worship, the act of public reading, ritual, ecstasy, mystical ascent, and the transformation of gender and of emotions. Through careful and theoretically informed work, the authors demonstrate the possibility of moving from written documents to assess the lived experiences that are linked to them. The contributors are István Czachesz, Frances Flannery, Robin Griffith-Jones, Angela Kim Harkins, Bert Jan Lietaert Peerbolte, John R. Levison, Carol A. Newsom, Rollin A. Ramsaran, Colleen Shantz, Leif E. Vaage, and Rodney A. Werline.

Subjects: Bible, Literature, Methods, Social Scientific Approaches


Review by Scott D. Mackie
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Published 11/16/2013
Citation: Scott D. Mackie, review of Colleen Shantz and Rodney A. Werline, eds., Experientia, Volume 2: Linking Text and Experience, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2013).


Review by Andrew R. Guffey
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Published 3/15/2014
Citation: Andrew R. Guffey, review of Colleen Shantz and Rodney A. Werline, eds., Experientia, Volume 2: Linking Text and Experience, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2014).


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