The Collection of Traditions in Monastic and Rabbinic Anthologies as a Reflection of Lived Religion

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Abstract

In this paper I lay the following: I accept and build on the findings of 'lived religion' researchers concerning the polysemous and multi-vocal nature of modern-day religions. Following their conclusion, I assume a similar nature of ancient religions, and offer a possible viewpoint on the cultural bricolage of late antique Jewish and Christian texts. While the project to salvage a thick description of 'lived religion' has some obvious and serious methodological difficulties, a consideration of the genre of literature examined might have ramifications on the question at hand. I suggest that when a religious tradition is transmitted in anthologies, as opposed to edited (or) single writer texts, it might better represent its multi-vocality. The use of anthologies, redacted over time, can offer better glimpses into the multi-vocality of late antique religious societies, if not in practice, but rather in views and beliefs.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)72-90
JournalReligion in the Roman Empire
Volume2
StatePublished - 2016

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