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(Drudgery Divine: On the Comparison of Early Christianities and the Religions of Late Antiquity.pdf) 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 this scholarship has been based upon an underlying Protestant Catholic polemic The result is a devastating critique of traditional New Testament scholarship a redescription of early Christianities as religious traditions amenable to comparison and a milestone in Smith s controversial approach to comparative religious studies br br An important book and certainly one of the most significant in the career of Jonathan Z Smith whom one may venture to call the greatest pathologist in the history of religions As in many precedent cases Smith follows a standard procedure he carefully selects his victim and then dissects with artistic finesse and unequaled acumen The operation is always necessary and a deconstructor of Smith s caliber is hard to find Ioan P Coulianu i Journal of Religion i brDownload and Read Online books ePub/PDF/Audible/Kindle, its easy way to streaming Drudgery Divine: On the Comparison of Early Christianities and the Religions of Late Antiquity books for multiple devices.

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