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Impossible

Aviad Kleinberg

in The Sensual God: How the Senses Make the Almighty Senseless

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
May 2016
ISBN:
9780231174701
eISBN:
9780231540247
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231174701.003.0006
Subject:
Religion, Philosophy of Religion

Where theologians try to convince us why believing the unbelievable is actually good for us.


Secret Manipulations: Language and Context in Africa

Anne Storch

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780199768974
eISBN:
9780199914425
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199768974.001.0001
Subject:
Linguistics, Sociolinguistics / Anthropological Linguistics

This book deals with a specific form of language change: deliberate manipulations of a language by its speakers. These manipulations are based and depending on cultural and social contexts, they are ... More


Tasso

Colin Burrow

in Epic Romance: Homer to Milton

Published in print:
1993
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198117940
eISBN:
9780191671135
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198117940.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, Poetry, 16th-century and Renaissance Literature

Torquato Tasso's Gerusalemme liberata has a very different setting. Most of its action takes place on the clear, open spaces of a plain around the city of Jerusalem. Two opposed camps are set against ... More


Oracles Support Divine Justice

Mary Douglas

in Leviticus as Literature

Published in print:
2001
Published Online:
November 2003
ISBN:
9780199244195
eISBN:
9780191600548
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0199244197.003.0006
Subject:
Religion, Biblical Studies

This chapter dips into anthropological studies of oracles to illustrate the scale of the gap made by the abolition of oracles. Two things about the priestly laws would make more sense if priestly use ... More


Scripture Intersecting History: Mark's Eschatology

Marie Noonan Sabin

in Reopening the Word: Reading Mark as Theology in the Context of Early Judaism

Published in print:
2002
Published Online:
November 2003
ISBN:
9780195143591
eISBN:
9780199834600
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0195143590.003.0003
Subject:
Religion, Biblical Studies

Sabin challenges the idea that the eschatology of Mark 13 warrants calling it “The Little Apocalypse,” showing how its outer frame begins with Jesus’ prediction of the destruction of the Temple, but ... More


From Polybius to the Parthenon: Religion, Art, and Plunder

Jonathan Williams

in Imperialism, Cultural Politics, and Polybius

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780199600755
eISBN:
9780191738791
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199600755.003.0016
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval

One particular passage of Polybius (9.10) has come to play a recurring role in contemporary legal literature and public debate on the law and practice of cultural property protection in time of war. ... More


Society Under Scrutiny II: The Examination of Lords and Knights

Michael Haren

in Sin and Society in Fourteenth-Century England: A Study of the Memoriale Presbiterorum

Published in print:
2000
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198208518
eISBN:
9780191678042
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198208518.003.0006
Subject:
History, British and Irish Medieval History, Social History

Compared with other commentators, the Memoriale Presbiterorum has surprisingly little to say of lords. The Memoriale appears to ignore with regard to lords the twin classic excesses of bastard ... More


Troilus

Alan H. Sommerstein, David Fitzpatrick, and Thomas Talboy

in Sophocles: Selected Fragmentary Plays: Volume I

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9780856687655
eISBN:
9781800343214
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9780856687655.003.0008
Subject:
Classical Studies, Plays and Playwrights: Classical, Early, and Medieval

This chapter discusses Sophocles's play Troilus, which describes the most vicious of all the actions that is traditionally attributed to Achilles killing Troilus, a son of Priam that was hardly out ... More


Sacrilege

Anne Storch

in Secret Manipulations: Language and Context in Africa

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780199768974
eISBN:
9780199914425
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199768974.003.0005
Subject:
Linguistics, Sociolinguistics / Anthropological Linguistics

In this chapter, the power of the word as a cultural construction is explored. Power as expressed in proverbs but also in stories of the Jukun is dealt with in the chapter's first part, while the ... More


Infernal Associations

James H. Johnson

in Venice Incognito: Masks in the Serene Republic

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780520267718
eISBN:
9780520948624
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520267718.003.0008
Subject:
History, European Modern History

This chapter discusses negative connotations linked to the act of masking and carnival. Although masking had become an everyday practice in Venice, it required a lot of great effort for the Venetians ... More


4 The Religious Regeneration of the Landscape: Ritual, Rehabilitation, and Renewal

Alexandra Walsham

in The Reformation of the Landscape: Religion, Identity, and Memory in Early Modern Britain and Ireland

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
May 2011
ISBN:
9780199243556
eISBN:
9780191725081
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199243556.003.0005
Subject:
History, British and Irish Early Modern History

This chapter analyses a series of processes which served to reinvest the early modern landscape with religious associations. It considers how lollards and Protestant dissenters used the natural ... More


The Scandals

Jacqueline de Romilly

in The Life of Alcibiades: Dangerous Ambition and the Betrayal of Athens

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
May 2020
ISBN:
9781501719752
eISBN:
9781501739965
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9781501719752.003.0005
Subject:
History, Ancient History / Archaeology

This chapter looks at two grave matters which erupted in Athens between when the Sicilian expedition had been approved and the day of departure. On a beautiful morning, it was discovered that all the ... More


Andokides’ Defence and the Amnesty Legislation

Edwin Carawan

in The Athenian Amnesty and Reconstructing the Law

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
January 2014
ISBN:
9780199672769
eISBN:
9780191758348
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199672769.003.0008
Subject:
Classical Studies, European History: BCE to 500CE

This chapter deals with the first of three cases involving offences against the Athenian city religion soon after reunification with Eleusis. Andokides won acquittal of the charges against him ... More


Wasted Water: The Failure of Purification in the Thebaid

Nicholas Dee

in Ritual and Religion in Flavian Epic

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
May 2013
ISBN:
9780199644094
eISBN:
9780191745010
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199644094.003.0011
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval

This chapter discusses the ineffectiveness and perversion of lustration and other modes of purificatory ritual in Statius’ Thebaid. In several instances, attempts at purification in response to ... More


The Ideas of Early Christianity, Their Absorption in Roman Law, and Their Abusive Reverberations in Modern Europe

Vickie B. Sullivan

in Montesquieu and the Despotic Ideas of Europe: An Interpretation of "The Spirit of the Laws"

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
May 2018
ISBN:
9780226482910
eISBN:
9780226483078
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226483078.003.0005
Subject:
Political Science, Political Theory

Montesquieu writes at length on the development of Roman law in The Spirit of the Laws, focusing especially on the changes made to the civil code by the Christian emperors. Montesquieu attributes to ... More


Sacred and profane: Pastoral care in the parish church

Laura Varnam

in The church as sacred space in Middle English literature and culture

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
September 2018
ISBN:
9781784994174
eISBN:
9781526132420
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9781784994174.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, Early and Medieval Literature

This chapter argues that the profane challenge posed by lay misbehaviour and sacrilege in the church paradoxically strengthens sacred space. Sermon exempla from the literature of pastoral care (e.g. ... More


Atheist

in Monstrous Adversary: The Life of Edward de Vere, 17th Earl of Oxford

Published in print:
2003
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9780853236788
eISBN:
9781846313592
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/liverpool/9780853236788.003.0041
Subject:
Literature, Poetry

This chapter considers accusations of atheism against Oxford, specifically, those made by his erstwhile friends, Henry Howard, Charles Arundel, and Francis Southwell. His atheism is not so much a ... More


Introduction: “First-Rate Blasphemy”

Steve Pinkerton

in Blasphemous Modernism: The 20th-Century Word Made Flesh

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
February 2017
ISBN:
9780190627560
eISBN:
9780190627584
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190627560.003.0001
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature, 20th-century Literature and Modernism

This chapter demonstrates the relevance of blasphemy to literary study and to modernist scholarship in particular. The very term blasphemy denotes a specifically verbal mode of religious ... More


Dance Typologies: The Medieval Bible

Kathryn Dickason

in Ringleaders of Redemption: How Medieval Dance Became Sacred

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
January 2021
ISBN:
9780197527276
eISBN:
9780197527306
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780197527276.003.0002
Subject:
Religion, History of Christianity, Religion and Society

The opening chapter explores the relationship between medieval biblical interpretation and dance. The Vulgate was the urtext by which medieval authorities developed and justified their ideas ... More


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