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The Power of Sacrifice: Roman and Christian Discources in Conflict [Hardcover]

By George Heyman (Author)
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The rhetoric and the ritual practices associated with sacrifice filled the ancient world. They were potent tools that maintained a balance between the powers of heaven and earth. They were also impressive vehicles used politically for establishing and maintaining social control. In short, the idea of sacrifice was itself a form of social discourse - a rhetorical means that generated and constituted social identity through the exercise of power. between pagan Roman and Christian thinking about the public role of sacrifice in the first two and a half centuries of the Christian era. He shows that both imperial Rome and early Christianity capitalized on the rhetoric of sacrifice as a discursive means to craft their location, their identity, and their social power within the cosmos. other Christian literature, adopted this sacrificial discourse in order first to understand the death of Jesus and then later to valorize the deaths of the early martyrs. Heyman shows that such a discourse, however, was not unique to early Christianity. The sacrificial practices associated with the Roman imperial cult also established civic and national pride throughout the Empire. Because of their refusal to participate in the normal Roman civic sacrifices, Christians were perceived as a threat to the complex and fragile balance of power that existed between the gods and the state. The earliest Christians responded by crafting the death of Jesus in sacrificial rhetoric and exalting the spectacle of the martyr in imitation of the biblical Christ. Even though they refused to participate in Roman sacrifices, Christianity created its own social order through a novel formulation of sacrificial discourse. none has included a comprehensive analysis of the impact of this discourse on early Christianity. This book offers a synthesis of contemporary theory and historical data, a novel approach to the power of sacrifice and conflict between Rome and early Christianity.

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Studio: Catholic University of America Press
Pages   256
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.76" Width: 5.8" Height: 0.94"
Weight:   1.13 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Nov 1, 2007
Publisher   Catholic University of America Press
ISBN  0813214890  
ISBN13  9780813214894  

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Enlighted Christian Thinker  Nov 22, 2007
I believe that George Heyman's work adresses several issues that have never been touched on before in academic circles. It will not appeal to evangelicals, but students of ancient rhetoric will appreciate these new insights into the christian's experience with the Roman empire. I highly recommend this work to any serious student of early Christianity. It is well worth the expense.
Expensive blarney  Nov 11, 2007
I am in agreement with the mathematician and historian Anatoly Fomenko that western history is as much historical fiction as the Bible. Rome did not really come about until after the 14th century c.e., while Constantinople preceded it by some centuries. Moreover, it was the Franj (the heirs of viking culture from the European northwest) who went to plunder Constantinople, then created Rome at the expense of an earlier Christianity, the one they destroyed. To pay $69+ bucks for a book that talks about sacrifice is to go along with the same neo-Christian blarney that has been suppressing self-sacrifice and little by little got our world into the catastrophe it now finds itself in. Christians may have sacrificed once a long time ago, but it was a different Christianity from the one ruling today. So, yes, nice cover; but the book needs to be rewritten as much as we need to restudy history and recreate a Christianity that recalls that Jesus once walked the Earth and does not live above the clouds. Let us see if Hayman's next book will stop gathering academic points and get to the real issues.

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