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Domestic Religion in Greco-Roman Antiquity and Early Christianity

Domestic Religion in Greco-Roman Antiquity and Early Christianity Markus Öhler and Norbert ZimmermannDomestic Religion in Greco-Roman Antiquityand Early ChristianityAs part of a scientific project on the development of domestic religion in Early Christianity a conference at the University of Vienna in May 2015 assembled scholars fromthe fields of the history of religions, ancient history, archaeology, New Testamentstudies and church history. Most of the papers given at this occasion are incorporatedinto this volume of ARG, demonstrating a broad perspective on religious practices inhouses in Antiquity.¹The basic assumption of the conference and of the accompanying project wasthat Christianity did not start as a public cult, but in the context of families and houses. Whereas most scholarly attention has focused on early communities of Christ-believers and the development of the early church as an institution, the domestic andfamilial realm as the prominent place of everyday religiosity has been mostly neglected. Numerous studies on Greco-Roman religiosity have demonstrated the importanceof this part of ancient religious practices, taking into account literary and archaeological sources. Even if other forms of regular and communal cultic practices, likeworship at neighbourhood sanctuaries or in voluntary associations, were also popular, rituals in the domestic realm were essential. Excavations in Pompeii and Herculaneum as well as Ephesos have http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Archiv für Religionsgeschichte de Gruyter

Domestic Religion in Greco-Roman Antiquity and Early Christianity

Archiv für Religionsgeschichte , Volume 18-19 (1): 4 – Sep 26, 2017

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Markus Öhler and Norbert ZimmermannDomestic Religion in Greco-Roman Antiquityand Early ChristianityAs part of a scientific project on the development of domestic religion in Early Christianity a conference at the University of Vienna in May 2015 assembled scholars fromthe fields of the history of religions, ancient history, archaeology, New Testamentstudies and church history. Most of the papers given at this occasion are incorporatedinto this volume of ARG, demonstrating a broad perspective on religious practices inhouses in Antiquity.¹The basic assumption of the conference and of the accompanying project wasthat Christianity did not start as a public cult, but in the context of families and houses. Whereas most scholarly attention has focused on early communities of Christ-believers and the development of the early church as an institution, the domestic andfamilial realm as the prominent place of everyday religiosity has been mostly neglected. Numerous studies on Greco-Roman religiosity have demonstrated the importanceof this part of ancient religious practices, taking into account literary and archaeological sources. Even if other forms of regular and communal cultic practices, likeworship at neighbourhood sanctuaries or in voluntary associations, were also popular, rituals in the domestic realm were essential. Excavations in Pompeii and Herculaneum as well as Ephesos have

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Published: Sep 26, 2017

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