The Commerce of the Sacred

    The Commerce of the Sacred

    Mediation of the Divine among Jews in the Greco-Roman World

    Jack N Lightstone

    Columbia University Press 2006

    Paperback 172pp

    9780231128575   Product Code: 68908

    An influential work since its first publication in 1984, The Commerce of the Sacred now appears in a new, updated edition. It combines approaches from the history of religions and social anthropology to investigate the practices and influence of Jews who lived in the Greco-Roman world outside Palestine. Without rabbinic control, Lightstone argues, they developed their own beliefs, such as those involving prayers at dead martyrs' tombs, and thereby helped blur the boundaries between Jews and Christians.

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