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Reconceptualising Conversion: Patronage, Loyalty, and Conversion in the Religions of the Ancient Mediterranean
Crook, Zeba†A.

Berlin: de Gruyter, 2004 pp. xv + 310. $130.00

Series Information
Beihefte zur Zeitschrift fŁr die neutestamentliche Wissenschaft und die Kunde der šlteren Kirche, 130


Description: Combining classical, epigraphical, and biblical sources with social-scientific methodology, this monograph questions the way in which modern scholarship has tended to discuss ancient conversion. The author challenges long-held assumptions of psychological continuity between ancient and modern people, and offers in place of these assumptions a model founded on the categories the ancients used themselves. Graeco-Roman and Mediterranean religions and philosophies, including Hellenistic Judaism and Christianity, framed their religion in the language of patronage / benefaction and loyalty, and thus an understanding of ancient conversion must start there.

Subjects: Methods, Historical Approaches, History, History of Religions, Theological Approaches, Comparative Religion

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Review by Dietmar Neufeld
Published 4/12/2008
Citation: Dietmar Neufeld, review of Zeba A. Crook, Reconceptualising Conversion: Patronage, Loyalty, and Conversion in the Religions of the Ancient Mediterranean, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2008).


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