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Table of Contents for
Religious Rivalries and the Struggle for Success in Sardis and Smyrna edited by Richard S. Ascough

Preface

Acknowledgments

Contributors

Abbreviations

Introduction

1. Interaction among Religious Groups in Sardis and Smyrna | Richard S. Ascough, Queen’s University, Kingston

Overview of Religious Groups in Sardis and Smyrna

2. Jewish Communities in Sardis and Smyrna | Lloyd Gaston, Vancouver School of Theology

3. Christian Communities in Sardis and Smyrna | Dietmar Neufeld, University of British Columbia, Vancouver

4. Greco-Roman Religions in Sardis and Smyrna | Richard S. Ascough, Queen’s University, Kingston

5. Spheres of Contention, Claims of Pre-eminence: Rivalries among Associations in Sardis and Smyrna | Philip A. Harland, Concordia University, Montréal

Indirect Contact among Jews and Christians in Sardis and Smyrna

6. Some Astrological Motifs in the Book of Revelation | Tim Hegedus, Waterloo Lutheran Seminary

7. The Patriarchs and the Zodiac: Revelation 12 | John W. Marshall, Department for the Study of Religion, University of Toronto

8. Was Roma the Scarlet Harlot? The Worship of the Goddess Roma in Sardis and Smyrna | James Knight, Wycliffe College, University of Toronto

Interaction among Religious Groups in Sardis and Smyrna

9. “Caring for All the Weak”: Polytheist and Christian Charity in Sardis and Smyrna | Steven C. Muir, Concordia University College, Edmonton

10. Martyrdom: In Accordance with the Gospel | Wayne O. McCready, University of Calgary

11. Among Gentiles, Jews, and Christians: Formation of Christian Identity in Melito of Sardis | Reidar Aasgaard, University of Oslo, Norway

12. Acquaintances, Supporters, and Competitors: Evidence of Inter-Connectedness and Rivalry among the Religious Groups in Sardis | Keir E. Hammer, University of Toronto, and Michele Murray, Bishop’s University

Broadening the Context

13. Down the Road from Sardis: Adaptive Religious Structures and Religious Interaction in the Ancient City of Priene | Michele Murray, Bishop’s University

14. Urbanization in the Roman East and the Inter-Religious Struggle for Success | Jack N. Lightstone, Concordia University, Montréal

Conclusion

Religious Coexistence, Co-operation, Competition, and Conflict in Sardis and Smyrna | Richard S. Ascough, Queen’s University, Kingston


Notes

Works Cited

Modern Authors Index

Ancient Sources Index

Subject Index