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Jan Bremmer Essay Collection

September 8, 2017

Jan Bremmer is one of the most impressive scholars of the ancient world that I know, and a collection of his essays on early Christianity and its context has now appeared:  Jan N. Bremmer, Maidens, Magic and Martyrs in Early Christianity:  Collected Essays I (Tuebingen:  Mohr Siebeck, 2017), the publisher’s online catalog entry here.

The 27 previously-published essays collected for this volume range widely (indicative of Bremmer’s wide interests and expertise), addressing in Part I “Aspects of Early Christianity” (essays on the label “Christian,” the “religious/social capital” of early Christians, the attraction of Christianity for upper-class women, the curious fellow Peregrinus, and “the domestication” of early Christian prophecy).

Part II comprises a number of Bremmer’s essays on the several apocryphal acts of the apostles and also the “Pseudo-Clementine” writings.

Part III is several essays on “apocalypses and tours of hell” (with several essays on the Apocalypse of Peter in particular).

Part IV takes in several more essays on The Passion of Perpetua and Felicitas, an early and influential martyrdom narrative.

The price (169 Euros) will make it largely confined to research library collections.  But it definitely deserves a place in such for serious students and scholars to access conveniently this body of valuable work by a highly esteemed scholar.

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