The Mediterranean and Western-European sphere in the Ancient, Medieval and Early-Modern Periods was a world of complex and deeply rooted religious Pluralism - Jews, various sects of Christians, Muslims, and pagans all living side by side and interacting regularly. The essays in this volume, each explore what happened when Christians read the Bible in the face of the challenges posed by this religious pluralism. Topics covered include early Christian's uses of the Bible during persecution, Arab-Christian Biblical study within the Islamic World, Jewish-Christian scholarly interaction in the Twelfth-Century Renaissance, and the role of late-medieval vernacular editions of the Bible in paving the way for the Reformation.
Apocalypticism was connected with revolutionary movements only in the late Middle Ages and the early modern period, their rise not sufficiently explained until now. To the extent that it is not only (...) apocalyptic apologies for violence which are on the rise, but more general religious apologies for (religion-based) conflicts, his appeal to attempt to "better understand" may well be extended more generally to the exchanges between religions. This volume contributes to such a better understanding. Ineke van 't Spijker, Church History and Religious Culture
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