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Religious Rivalries and the Struggle for Success in Caesarea Maritima

Edited by Terence L. Donaldson
Subjects Religion, History
Series Studies in Christianity and Judaism Hide Details
Paperback : 9780889203488, 410 pages, May 2000
Ebook (EPUB) : 9781554586707, 410 pages, May 2000

Table of contents

Table of Contents for
Religious Rivalries and the Struggle for Success in Caesara Maritima, edited by Terence L. Donaldson




1. Introduction | Terence L. Donaldson


2. Archaeological Evidence for Religion and Urbanism in Caesarea Maritima | Peter Richardson, University of Toronto

3. A Literary Guide to Caesarea Maritima | Lee A. Johnson, University of Toronto

4. Epigraphical Evidence in Caesarea Maritima | Bradley H. McLean, University of Western Ontario

5. Archaeological Study of Caesarea Maritima: An Annotated Bibliography | Elaine A. Myers, University of Toronto


6. Greco-Roman Religion in Caesarea Maritima | R. Jackson Painter, Alliance Biblical Seminary

7. Jews and Judaism in Caesarea Maritima | Michele Murray, Bishop’s University

8. Christianity in Caesarea Maritima | Richard S. Ascough, Queen’s University

9. Samaritanism in Caesarea Maritima | Reinhard Pummer, University of Ottawa


10. The Origins and Social Context of Mithraism at Caesarea Maritima | R. Jackson Painter, Alliance Biblical Seminary

11. Ethnic and Political Factors in the Conflict at Caesarea Maritima | John S. Kloppenborg, University of Toronto

12. The Conflict over Isopoliteia: An Alexandrian Perspective | Dorothy I. Sly, University of Windsor

13. Architecture and Conflict in Caesarea Maritima | Stephen Fai, Carleton University

14. Cornelius, the Roman Army and Religion | Wendy Cotter, C. S.J. , Loyoyla College of Chicago

15. Origen’s Hexapla and Christian-Jewish Encounter in the Second and Third Centuries | Ruth A. Clements, Hebrew University

16. Concluding Reflections | Terence L. Donaldson, University of Toronto

Works Cited

Index of Ancient Texts

Index of Modern Authors


We know how the story of the Roman Empire ended with the "triumph" of Christianity and the eventual Christianization of the Roman Mediterranean. But how would religious life have appeared to an observer at a time when the conversion of the emperor was only a Christian pipe dream? And how would it have appeared in one particular city, rather than in the Roman Empire as a whole?

This volume takes a detailed look at the religious dimension of life in one particular Roman city Caesarea Maritima, on the Mediterranean coast of Judea. Caesarea was marked by a complex religious identity from the outset. Over time, other religious groups, including Christianity, Mithraism and Samaritanism, found a home in the city, where they jostled with each other, and with those already present, for position, influence and the means of survival.

Written by a team of seasoned scholars and promising newcomers, this book brings a new perspective to the study of religion in antiquity. Along with the deliberate goal to understand religion as an urban phenomenon, Religious Rivalries and the Struggle for Success in Caesarea Maritima studies religious groups as part of the dynamic process of social interaction, spanning a spectrum from coexistence, through competition and rivalry, to open conflict. The cumulative result is a fresh and fascinating look at one of antiquity’s most interesting cities.


``Each of the articles is remarkable and interesting in its own way, and all represent a wealth of detailed, important and genuinely fascinating research on Caesarea, and on the religion, politics, architecture and social tensions thereof. ...The volume should become a benchmark in subsequent studies of this city and the surrounding region. ...[T]he volume effectively problematizes and raises new questions about the issue of locality in ancient religion [and] will be indispensable not only to everyone interested in antique Caesarea, but to students of early Christianity, and of religion, in general. ''

- William Arnal, Studies in Religion

``The individual studies are of a high standard, and they have been ably edited by Terence Donaldson, who furnishes a succinct introduction and `Concluding Reflections. ' It is greatly to Donaldson's credit that the volume has a unity and coherence rarely attained in similar multi-authored studies. ''

- Roger Beck, Toronto Journal of Theology

``. ..this book tells a fascinating and powerful story. ...Professor Donaldson and his collaborators have crafted a wide-ranging but coherent study that merits careful attention from a broad readership interested in biblical studies, the history of religions, ancient urbanism, and processes of identity formation. ''

- Kenneth G. Holum, University of Maryland