Light Against Darkness: Dualism in Ancient Mediterranean Religion and the Contemporary World

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Armin Lange, Eric M. Meyers, Bennie Reynolds
Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 2011 - Всего страниц: 368
Light Against Darkness is comprised of articles that put on display the power and pervasiveness of dualistic thought. Dualism has proved a potent cultural tool for clarifying and ordering reality. Particularly in times of social stress and psychological insecurity, it can offer a valuable conceptual grid that provides orientation to the world and a clear sense of identity. At the same time, though, there are important questions to be asked about the social effects of binary thinking. As history amply illustrates, dualistic notions can readily be deployed to legitimate cultural demonization and to rationalize violence. At a deeper level, a dualist worldview can also obscure the possibilities to be found in multiplicity. The articles in this volume treat Dualism across a wide historical spectrum and from multiple methodological perspectives. The studies are organized around the religious and cultural contexts of Ancient Judaism and they include contributions from leading voices on ancient Persia, Israel, Greece, and Egypt. Experts on modern religious and philosophical thought not only lend context to concepts applied to the ancient world, but engage recent European and American experiments in binary thought. All of the studies contribute to a richer and more complete portrait of dualism in ancient Judaism.
 

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P Kyle McCarter jr Dualism in Antiquity
19
Manetho of Sebennytos and the Argive Myth
36
Prods Oktor Skjærvø Zoroastrian Dualism
55
Dualism in the Hebrew Bible
92
Patrick Lee Miller Greek Philosophical Dualism
107
the Treatise of the Two Spirits 1QS III 13IV 26 in its traditionhistorical context
145
Philip S Alexander The Dualism of Heaven and Earth in early Jewish Literature and its Implications
169
a Surprising Rhetoric and a Rhetoric of Surprise
186
Piet F M Fontaine What is Dualism and what is it not?
266
Kalman P Bland HumanAnimal Dualism in Modernity and Premodern Jewish Thought
277
Dualism in 19TH and early 20TH Century African American Biblical Hermeneutics
283
Evangelical Beliefs and American Dualism at the turn of the twentyfirst Century
294
Michael A Rosenthal Spinozas Monism and Jewish Philosophy
310
Moves beyond Dualism in Contemporary Continental Thought
325
William G Lycan Recent Naturalistic Dualisms
348
Index
364

Zlatko Pleše Gnostic Dualism
209
Werner Sundermann What has come down to us from Manicheism?
226
a Study in Manichaean Scripturalism
249
Author Information
367
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Dr. theol. Armin Lange is Professor for Ancient Judaism, director of the department for Jewish Studies at the University of Vienna and a member of the international team editing the Dead Sea Scrolls. Eric M. Meyers, PhD, is Bernice and Morton Lerner Professor of Religion and Director of the Center for Jewish Studies at Duke University. Bennie Reynolds, PhD, is Lecturer in Biblical Hebrew at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Randall Styers, PhD, is Associate Professor of Religious Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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