Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Review of Jenkins, Crucible of Faith

BOOK REVIEW: 'Crucible of Faith: The Ancient Revolution that Made Our Modern Religious World': the making of the modern religious mind. A religious historian explores ancient non-canonical texts (REBECCA DENOVA, Pittsburg Post-Gazette).
A recent spate of scholarly texts explores both the Jewish and Greco-Roman context of early Christianity. While many of them focus on the internal debates within the communities (orthodoxy vs. heresy), Philip Jenkins, author of “Crucible of Faith: The Ancient Revolution That Made Our Modern Religious World” (Basic Books, $30), takes us back to what he terms an earlier, “crucible” era that actually created much of the template for our modern Western religions of Judaism, Christianity and Islam.

Past PaleoJudaica posts on the book are here and here.

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