Intolerance, polemics, and debate in antiquity : politico-cultural, philosophical, and religious forms of critical conversation / edited by George van Kooten, Jacques van Ruiten.

  • Leiden ; Boston : Brill, [2019]
  • ©2019
xii, 603 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 25 cm.


Writer of introduction
Themes in biblical narrative: Jewish and Christian traditions, 1388-3909 ; volume 25
Summary note
"In Intolerance, Polemics, and Debate in Antiquity scholars reflect on politico-cultural, philosophical, and religious forms of critical conversation in the ancient Near Eastern, Biblical, Graeco-Roman, and early-Islamic world. They enquire into the boundaries between debate, polemics, and intolerance, and address their manifestations in both philosophy and religion. This cross-cultural and inclusive approach shows that debate and polemics are not so different as often assumed, since polemics may also indicate that ultimate values are at stake. Polemics can also have a positive effect, stimulating further cultural development. Intolerance is more straightforwardly negative. Religious intolerance is often a justification for politics, but also elite rationalism can become totalitarian. The volume also highlights the importance of the fluency of minorities in the dominant discourses and of their ability to develop contrapuntal lines of thought within a common cultural discourse. Contributors are: Robbert van den Berg, Stefan Beyerle, George Boys-Stones, Reuven Firestone, Pieter B. Hartog, Paul Heck, Paulin Ismard, George van Kooten, Marjo C. Korpel, Dominik Markl, Steve Mason, Peter Franz Mittag, James C. Oleson, James Carleton Paget, Lautaro Roig Lanzillotta, Jacques van Ruiten, Diego R. Sarrió Cucarella, Clare Wilde"-- Provided by publisher.
Includes bibliographical references and indexes.
Bibliographic references
Includes bibliographical references and index.
  • Part 1. Discourses within the Ancient Near East and Early Judaism. 1. Religious intolerance in the Ancient Near East / Marjo C. A. Korpel
  • 2. Polemics against child sacrifice in Deuteronomy and the Deuteronomistic history / Dominik Markl
  • 3. Jubilees 11-12 against the background of the polemics against idols in the Hebrew Bible and Early Jewish literature / Jacques van Ruiten
  • 4. Intolerance in Early Judaism: emic and etic descriptions of Jewish religions in the Second Temple Period / Stefan Beyerle
  • Part 2. Discourses with Greek and Roman Powers. 5. Intolerance and freedom of thought in classical Athens: the trial of Socrates / Paulin Ismard
  • 6. Antiochus IV Epiphanes's policy towards the Jews / Peter Franz Mittag
  • 7. Contesting oikoumenē: resistance and locality in Philo's Legatio ad Gaium / Pieter B. Hartog
  • 8. Stranger danger!: amixia among Judaeans and others / Steve Mason
  • Part 3. Discourses between Greeks, Christians, and Jews. 9. Difference, opposition, and the roots of intolerance in ancient philosophical polemic / George Boys-Stones
  • 10. John's counter-symposium: "the continuation of dialogue" in Christianity-a contrapuntal reading of John's Gospel and Plato's Symposium / George van Kooten
  • 11. Valentinian protology and the philosophical debate regarding the first principles / Lautaro Roig Lanzillotta
  • 12. Celsus's Jew and Jewish anti-Christian counter-narrative: evidence of an important form of polemic in Jewish-Christian disputation / James Carleton Paget
  • 13. The Emperor Julian, Against the Cynic Heraclius (Oration 7): a polemic about myths / Robbert M. van den Berg
  • Part 4. Discourses between Muslims, Jews, Christians, and Greeks. 14. Qur'anic anti-Jewish polemics / Reuven Firestone
  • 15. Christian-Muslim (in)tolerance?: Islam and Muslims according to early Christian Arabic texts / Clare Wilde
  • 16. The intolerance of rationalism: the case of al-Jāḥiz in ninth-century Baghdad / Paul L. Heck
  • 17. The law of justice (šarīʻat al-ʻadl) and the law of grace (šarīʻat al-faḍl) in medieval Musliim-Christian polemics / Diego R. Sarrió Cucarella
  • Part 5. Modern Cinematic Reflection. 18. Writing history with lightning: D.W. Griffith's Intolerance and the imagined past / James C. Oleson.
  • 9789004410671
  • 9004410678 ((hardback))
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