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Ancient Sanctuaries  

Rubina Raja

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Nov 2018
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Dec 2018
This chapter is concerned with ancient sanctuaries and their spaces as places where rituals were performed. It discusses various aspects of sanctuaries and their materiality, and the ways ... More

Artistry and Aesthetics in Modern and Postmodern Worship  

Don Saliers

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Feb 2014
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Feb 2014
Worship and its practices occupy a central place in every religious tradition, from Christianity and Judaism to Buddhism and Hinduism. Understanding aesthetics in religion requires paying ... More

Assault Sorcery  

Robin M. Wright

This article is an in-depth study of the cosmology and practices of assault sorcerers. While it concentrates mostly on indigenous Amazonian societies, comparisons are drawn from other ... More

Associations, Guilds, Clubs  

John S. Kloppenborg

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Nov 2018
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Dec 2018
Life in the cities and towns of the Hellenistic and Roman periods was organized around two poles: the polis or town, and the family, each with its distinctive structure, organization, ... More

Christian Initiation  

Paul F. Bradshaw

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Nov 2018
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Dec 2018
The limited evidence for Christian initiation practices in Syria and North Africa in the third century suggests ritual patterns that differed from each other in some ways but followed the ... More

Christian Initiation  

Maxwell E. Johnson

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Sep 2008
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Sep 2009
To study the rites of Christian initiation in the early church is to encounter not one but several liturgical traditions in development. This article seeks to provide an introductory ... More

Communal Meals  

Richard S. Ascough

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Nov 2018
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Dec 2018
This chapter begins by briefly discussing the prevalence of communal meals in the Roman world and then turns attention to the form and setting of communal dining. Such meals were framed as ... More

The Contribution of the Qumran Scrolls to the Study of Ancient Jewish Liturgy  

Daniel K. Falk

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Oct 2010
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Jan 2011
Prayer as a service to God by the people is one of the most far reaching of religious practices, forming a central part of the religious practice of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam; yet ... More

The Cult of Saints  

David L. Eastman

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Nov 2018
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Dec 2018
Veneration of holy people was a significant feature of early Christian piety. Through a collection of ritualized practices, Christians both received traditions handed down to them and ... More

The Cult of Saints and Pilgrimage  

Yousef Meri

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Oct 2015
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Nov 2015
This chapter explores the intertwined themes of pilgrimage and the cult of saints in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, highlighting similarities and differences as well as issues of ... More

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