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Title Rethinking "authority" in late antiquity : authorship, law, and transmission in Jewish and Christian tradition / edited by A.J. Berkovitz and Mark Letteney.
Imprint Abingdon, Oxon ; New York, NY : Routledge, 2018.

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Description 1 online resource
Series Routledge monographs in classical studies
Routledge monographs in classical studies.
Bibliog. Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Subject Authority -- Religious aspects.
Authority -- Religious aspects -- Judaism.
Authority -- Religious aspects -- Christianity.
Authorship -- Religious aspects.
Tradition (Judaism) -- History -- To 1500.
Tradition (Theology) -- History -- To 1500.
Transmission of texts -- History -- To 1500.
Jewish law -- History -- To 1500.
Judaism -- History -- Talmudic period, 10-425.
Church history -- Primitive and early church, ca. 30-600.
To 1500
Genre Electronic books.
History.
Contents Authority in contemporary historiography / A.J. Berkovitz and Mark Letteney, -- Reading beyond authority / Hindy Najman -- Authorship and authority. Authenticity and authority: the case for dismantling a dubious correlation / Mark Letteney -- Correcting the Gospel: putting the titles of the Gospels in historical context / Matthew D.C. Larsen -- Beyond attribution and authority: the case of Psalms in rabbinic hermeneutics / A.J. Berkovitz -- Authority and the law. Glimpses from the margins: re-telling late ancient history at the edges of the law / Maria Doerfler -- Concealing the law: the limits of legal promulgation among the rabbis of Babylonia / Jonathan A. Pomeranz -- Authority and transmission. Truth and doubt in manuscript discovery narratives / Eva Mroczek -- The orthodox transmission of heresy / Winrich Löhr -- Consuming texts: women as recipients and transmitters of ancient texts / Sarit Kattan Gribetz -- Epilogue. reading without authority / C.M. Chin.
Summary The historian's task involves unmasking the systems of power that underlie our sources. A historian must not only analyze the content and context of ancient sources, but also the structures of power, authority, and political contingency that account for their transmission, preservation, and survival. But as a tool for interpreting antiquity, "authority" has a history of its own. As authority gained pride of place in the historiographical order of knowledge, other types of contingency have faded into the background. This book's introduction traces the genesis and growth of the category, describing the lacuna that scholars seek to fill by framing texts through its lens. The subsequent chapters comprise case studies from late ancient Christian and Jewish sources, asking what lies "beyond authority" as a primary tool of analysis. Each uncovers facets of textual and social history that have been obscured by overreliance on authority as historical explanation. While chapters focus on late ancient topics, the methodological intervention speaks to the discipline of history as a whole. Scholars of classical antiquity and the early medieval world will find immediately analogous cases and applications. Furthermore, the critique of the place of authority as used by historians will find wider resonance across the academic study of history.
Other Author Berkowitz, A. J., editor.
Letteney, Mark, editor.
Other Title Print version: Rethinking "authority" in late antiquity. Abingdon, Oxon ; New York, NY : Routledge, 2018 9781138480223