Heresy and Identity in Late Antiquity (Texts and Studies in by Eduard Iricinschi,Holger Michael Zellentin

By Eduard Iricinschi,Holger Michael Zellentin

The authors of the essays amassed the following discover the ways that overdue vintage teams outlined their very own socio-political borders and created safe in-group identities through discourses on 'heresy' and 'heretics.' a much wider definition of 'heresy' and 'heretics' as actual or built 'internal competition' and 'internal enemies' results in a brand new knowing of historic assets in addition to to new comparative percentages. a number of the contributing authors examine the social environment of heresiology, and think about the way it served to manage interplay among groups. Others contemplate different capabilities of 'heresy'-making discourse as a simultaneous strategy of describing and disqualifying teams of perceived dissenters. Combining displays from a variety of fields, the authors re-evaluate the phenomenon of 'heresy' in past due antiquity within the broadest attainable scope. They specialise in examples of the ways that overdue vintage teams outlined themselves as righteous, within the technique of describing imagined groups as vicious. They learn situations within which authors or teams sought to give risky encounters through describing the 'other' in hugely conventionalized phrases proven via heresiological traditions and the construction of clichés and inventory characters. The authors additionally study situations within which heresy-making discourses successfully 'push with the left and produce in with the right,' because the Babylonian Talmud has it, inasmuch because the proclamation of a thorough divorce from 'heretics' allowed for the domestication in their rules and practices.

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