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Drudgery Divine: On the Comparison of Early Christianities and the Religions of Late Antiquity

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In this major theoretical and methodological statement on the history of religions, Jonathan Z. Smith shows how convert apologetic agendas can dictate the course of comparative religious studies. As his example, Smith reviews four centuries of scholarship comparing early Christianities with religions of late Antiquity (especially the so-called mystery cults) and shows how ...more
Paperback, 160 pages
Published May 28th 1994 by University Of Chicago Press (first published September 18th 1990)
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Claudia
Feb 21, 2013 rated it really liked it
It is one of the most boring books I've read, I even thought to trash it a few times! Finally got something after my 3 reading!
For this book you need perseverance and a great deal of interest! Otherwise, stay away!
I bet it will be reading a few times more!
This book it is just so unkind, that you get addicted.
Jared
Feb 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
J. Z. Smith bloßstellen in der Geschichte des frühchristlichen Vergleichs idealogische Absichten. Er liefert eine Genealogie der Gelehrsamkeit, die, kurz gesagt, verrät, dass das Christentum von protestantischen Gelehrten zum Schutz gegen den Vergleich zu anderen Religionen seiner Zeit privilegiert wurde. Dagegen argumentiert Smith für den fundamentalen Ort des nicht-ideologisch Vergleichs auf dem Gebiet der Religionswissenschaften und entwickelt demzufolge eine streng kontrollierte Vergleichsme ...more
Zacharygs
Feb 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Read a long time ago, but this was my first introduction into theory and method and the study of religion. I need to go back to this, but I remember it being lucid, clear, and compelling. Perhaps one of the most directly relevant theoretical works for Graeco-Roman and Christian "comparison" with a lengthy discussion on the theoretical moves of "comparing" and how that might help us or go wrong depending on our attitudes and employment of comparative tools.
Alex
Jul 12, 2011 rated it really liked it
Sometimes scholars of Christian origins have agendas. Just saying.
Richard
Aug 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
classic.
Sally
Jan 17, 2008 rated it really liked it
A thought-provoking analysis of the pitfalls of how Christian origins have been studied historically.
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Who doesn't love JZ? Okay, non-religious-studies geeks may not like him as much as us nerds do.
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Jonathan Z. Smith is the Robert O. Anderson Distinguished Service Professor of the Humanities at the University of Chicago where he is also a member of the Committee on the History of Culture.
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