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A Store of Common Sense: Gnomic Theme and Wisdom in Old Icelandic and Old English Wisdom Poetry

Carolyne Larrington

Published in print:
1993
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198119821
eISBN:
9780191671210
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198119821.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, Poetry

This is a comparative study of Old Icelandic and Old English wisdom poetry. It examines problems of form, unity, and coherence, and how the genre responds to social change, both reflecting and ... More


White Men's Magic: Scripturalization as Slavery

Vincent L. Wimbush

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
September 2012
ISBN:
9780199873579
eISBN:
9780199949595
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199873579.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

This book is a transdisciplinary analysis of The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano, or Gustavus Vassa, the African, first published in England in 1789. It was one of the earliest ... More


Introduction

Frank Graziano

in Cultures of Devotion: Folk Saints of Spanish America

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
January 2007
ISBN:
9780195171303
eISBN:
9780199785193
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195171303.003.intro
Subject:
Religion, History of Christianity

This chapter establishes the cultural and thematic contexts for understanding folk saint devotions. It explores the nature of devotion, the means by which devotions are initiated and disseminated, ... More


Introduction

Ian Bostridge

in Witchcraft and its Transformations c.1650–c.1750

Published in print:
1997
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198206538
eISBN:
9780191677205
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198206538.003.0001
Subject:
History, British and Irish Early Modern History, Social History

This introductory chapter sets out the objective of this book, which is to explain how belief in witchcraft in England moved from the 17th century respectability of sermons and treatises to 19th ... More


The Footsteps of Vishnu: A Historical Introduction to Hinduism

Ariel Glucklich

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
May 2008
ISBN:
9780195314052
eISBN:
9780199871766
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195314052.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Hinduism

The Strides of Vishnu explores a wide range of topics in Hindu culture and history. Hinduism has often set out to mediate between the practical needs of its many communities and a ... More


 Acquiring and Protecting Unreasonable Beliefs

Solomon Schimmel

in The Tenacity of Unreasonable Beliefs: Fundamentalism and the Fear of Truth

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
September 2008
ISBN:
9780195188264
eISBN:
9780199870509
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195188264.003.0006
Subject:
Religion, Philosophy of Religion

This chapter examines how people acquire religious beliefs and protect them even when they are irrational. It integrates insights from psychology (Festinger on cognitive dissonance; Hinde on the ... More


The Metaphysical Joseph Smith

Catherine L. Albanese

in Joseph Smith, Jr.: Reappraisals After Two Centuries

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
January 2009
ISBN:
9780195369786
eISBN:
9780199871292
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195369786.003.005
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

This chapter examines the Mormon prophet as a metaphysical figure. Noting that American religious history has too often limited itself to mainstream denominationalism and evangelicalism, the chapter ... More


Contemporary Documents in Hebrew and Jewish Aramaic

Eyal Ben-Eliyahu, Yehudah Cohn, and Fergus Millar

in Handbook of Jewish Literature from Late Antiquity, 135–700 CE

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
January 2014
ISBN:
9780197265222
eISBN:
9780191771873
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
British Academy
DOI:
10.5871/bacad/9780197265222.003.0009
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval

This chapter describes contemporary documentary texts, written on stone, mosaic or papyrus, or on amulets or magic bowls. It does not aim to provide a full bibliography of these documents, but simply ... More


Some Observations on the Psychology of Thinking About Free Will

Daniel C Dennett

in Are We Free?: Psychology and Free Will

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
May 2008
ISBN:
9780195189636
eISBN:
9780199868605
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195189636.003.0012
Subject:
Psychology, Social Psychology

Whether free will is real or illusory is such an important topic that many thinkers overreact to it, jumping to invalid conclusions in their desire to fend off what they see as either mystical or ... More


Epigraphy and the Display of Authority

John Ma

in Epigraphy and the Historical Sciences

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
January 2013
ISBN:
9780197265062
eISBN:
9780191754173
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
British Academy
DOI:
10.5871/bacad/9780197265062.003.0007
Subject:
Classical Studies, European History: BCE to 500CE

This chapter begins by citing modern examples of public notices in order to illustrate the role of inscriptions as both stylised gestures and as channels of authority: they are performative ... More


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